Robot visitor surprises students

October 06 2017

A FULL-SIZE working model of Star Wars’s R2D2 visited students at King’s Oak Academy.

A FULL-SIZE working model of Star Wars’s R2D2 visited students at King’s Oak Academy.
Built by Paul Felski, the husband of Julie Felski, head of Hercules House at King’s Oak, R2D2 was a surprise visitor at an assembly for 170 students aged 11 to 16.
It took Paul more than nine years to build the robot, with contributions from King’s Oak Design and Technology department Designed from scratch, the robot is made from wood, aluminium, acrylic, different types of plastic, is radio controlled and plays the Star Wars music. It is powered by rechargeable batteries installed in the head and body.
This is not Paul’s first foray into robot building. Paul has also built B9 from Lost in Space; he is 7ft tall, is interactive and speaks. Paul and Julie exhibit him at Comic Cons around the country.
Julie said, “This was a brilliant event for our students; it proves that if you set your mind on something you can achieve it with hard work and persistence. I hope our students will be inspired.”