Sylvia Todd made a name for herself after first creating a web show as an eight-year-old, titled, Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show, with the help of her dad.
The show depicts her passion for tinkering with things, a passion which has allowed her to go on to write a series of children’s books, present at conferences around the world, and even have the opportunity to meet and show her work to US President Barack Obama at the White House.
One of the things that makes Super-Awesome Sylvia such a lovable character is her obvious excitement for what she does. Her videos on YouTube, which have garnered millions of views, display her ability to teach kids and adults alike that making things can be fun, easy and more rewarding than just buying something.
Super-Awesome Sylvia proceeded to walk on the stage of the packed Great Hall to a rousing applause from the audience.
One of the highlights of her 30-minute address was the demonstration of one of her own inventions, the WaterColorBot, which she made in collaboration with Evil Mad Scientist.
Successfully launched on Kickstarter in 2013, the WaterColorBot is an art robot that moves a paintbrush to paint a digital artwork onto paper, using a set of watercolour paints.
Here is a cool example of how it works:
Super-Awesome Sylvia stunned the audience with the machine’s ability to paint EduTECH’s logo in just a few seconds.
While she says she's most passionate about getting more girls excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) subjects, it seems Super-Awesome Sylvia can't help but ignite a passion for making things in all those she meets, including the teachers and school leaders in her audience at EduTECH.
“I want to get more people to have a maker spirit,” she says, to an electrifying applause from the audience.