No matter how cool you think your childhood science projects were, Sam Todo, a student from the Togolese Republic in Africa, has probably one-upped you with his humanoid robot made almost completely out of old TV parts! Sam named the robot SAM10, and is working on making it perform feats like saying hello to people and avoiding objects in its path – ambitious goals considering that many similar robots needed to be constructed in fully-staffed, million dollar labs.
Right now the fully automatic robot can only walk in straight lines, but Todo is working on expanding its abilities. He also notes his wish for more young people in Africa to be interested in and exposed to the sciences and hopes his robot serves as inspiration for other Africans to pursue science, math, and engineering. Check out the video of SAM10 in action on PopSci!.