We are teaching a new maker art class called ‘Robot World’, to help children create their own artistic robots. This class for grades 4-5 will take place at the Lycée Français in Sausalito. Students will learn how to make their bots move in a variety of ways, as well as play sounds and light up, using a programmable Arduino board. They will then decorate their animated creatures, give them a story, and create a magical world for them to live in.
This video clip shows two Bamboodu Spirits at play, talking with each other in their own language, while native american drums mark the beat. They are our first prototypes for this class: they can roam around, shake their heads and wave their arms under user control.
Each student will receive a robot kit, which they will learn to assemble, control and program. They will then take their completed robot home with them, after the class ends. For this course, my partner Edward Janne and I have created our own robot kit, using an Arduino Feather M0 for the robot, an RF remote, a custom chassis, plus three additional servos and more parts. Our robot kit is similar to commercial products, but with a lot more features at a lower cost.
We are also teaching a similar class for adults and teens at Tam Makers in Mill Valley, which will use the same robot kit. In just two evenings in late September, we'll show students how to build their own robot with Arduino, make it move, light up and play sounds -- then take it home.
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