Making Simple Robots: Easy Robotics Projects for Kids Using Everyday Stuff (Paperback)

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Making Simple Robots: Easy Robotics Projects for Kids Using Everyday Stuff (Paperback)


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Making Simple Robots is based on the idea that anybody can build a robot That includes kids, educators, parents, and anyone who didn't make it to engineering school. If you can cut, fold, and tape a piece of paper to make a tube or a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. In fact, many of the models in this book are based upon real-life prototypes -- working models created in research labs and companies. What's more, if you can use the apps on your smartphone, you can quickly learn to tell robots what to do using free, online, beginner-level software like MIT's Scratch and Microsoft MakeCode.

The projects in this book which teach you about electric circuits by making jumping origami frogs with eyes that light up when you get them ready to hop. You'll practice designing all-terrain robot wheel-legs with free, online Tinkercad software, and you'll create files ready for 3D printing. You'll also learn to sew -- and code -- a cyborg rag doll with a blinking electronic eye.

Each project includes step-by-step directions and clear illustrations and photographs. Along the way, you'll learn about the real research behind the DIY version, find shortcuts for making projects easier when needed, and get suggestions for adding to the challenge as your skill set grows.

Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning writer and educator, and the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on STEAM activities for kids, teens, and adults. Her favorite projects are built around ordinary crafts and household materials and easy-to-use electronics. She believes in helping learners try new areas of exploration by expanding upon the skills they already know, connecting new information to interests they already enjoy, and drawing on the creative energy and excitement of activities that let you explore, experiment, and have fun!Formerly the Homeschooling Expert at (now ThoughtCo), Kathy develops introductory technology projects for organizations including Adafruit Industries, and helped the Girl Scouts of the USA create their series of robotics badges. The mother of a videogame designer and programmer and a filmmaker, Kathy bikes, kayaks, and grows amazing veggies along the Hudson River in Upstate New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9781680457308
ISBN-10: 1680457306
Publisher: Make Community, LLC
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English