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Want to know why a giant robot has been roaming the Meadows?

Want to know why a giant robot has been roaming the Meadows?

There are not many things that will rival the attention of a child playing in the park on a sunny spring day in the Meadows.

A 12 foot robot seems to do the trick though.

Heads turned and children looked on in wonder as Fergus the robot puppet stomped from Summerhall to the Meadows after arriving in town for this weekend's Mini Maker Faire.

The robot puppet is the mascot of this year’s event which takes place during the Edinburgh International Science Festival this Sunday.

Returning for its third year, The Mini Maker Faire brings designers, artists, crafters, scientists and inventors together at Summerhall to let people see, try or marvel at the latest inventions.

Fergus Dunnet from Glasgow will likely stand out from the crowd – he is the guy underneath the 12 foot robot after all.

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The 31-year-old puppet maker also has the challenging role of bringing the imposing creation to life by controlling the arms and legs.

“I have designed the build of the robot,” said Fergus.

“I make big puppets for street environments that are big, lightweight and hopefully eye catching.

“It has a base under-structure of bamboo which is strong and lightweight. All in all, it takes about two weeks of work."

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“I hope it will get people thinking and hopefully I can have a chat with them about how it is made," he added.

“It is always fun interacting with children and it is great to see their smiling faces.”

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The robot puppet marks Fergus’ biggest solo puppet endeavour - he has also made a big Hound of the Baskervilles dog puppet, controlled by three people, which will also be on display this Sunday.

Robots aside, the event will have workshops and displays on 3D printers, motorised skateboards and virtual Minecraft worlds.

“Summerhall is an amazing building," he said. "It is great that people get the chance to see how things are really made because I think it is easy to presume that everything is made on a computer but many things are in fact handmade.”

Have a look at last year's inventions

EdSciFest

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire forms the finale to the 2015 Science Festival programme.

Taking place between 10am and 5pm on April 19 at Summerhall, tickets cost £5 or is free for children under three.

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