Build BOTS with Kathy Ceceri
April 6, 2021- $165.00
What You'll Do:
Build BOTS with Kathy Ceceri is a complete robotics course kids can do at home — no expensive kits needed!
In this 5-week live course for ages 7-11, we’ll talk about about different robotics systems and how they are used in real life and in the lab. Every week, we’ll make a short hands-on project each based on Kathy’s books, including “BOTS! Robotics Engineering with Makerspace Activities for Kids.” Written instructions for the in-class project will be available online, along with additional activities you can do on your own and share with the class the following week!
Topics we’ll cover include:
• What a robot is and what they can do
• Different ways to power a robot
• How robots get around, and how they pick up and move stuff
• How sensors help robots decide what to do
• How to create real and virtual robots and control them with free, online software like Microsoft MakeCode.
What You'll Need:
ElectronicsNote: All electronics you need for class – plus the other electronics projects in the BOTS! book — can be ordered in a savings bundle from Adafruit. If you need extra of anything, or don't need everything in the bundle, you can find parts listed individually in my BOTS! Book Wishlist on Adafruit. One of each item below is needed per person/project unless otherwise noted.
- 1.5 volt DC hobby motor with wires (like this DC Toy / Hobby Motor - 130 Size)
- AA or AAA battery
- 5 mm LED with wires (like these Diffused 5mm LED Pack - 5 LEDs each in 5 Colors - 25 Pack )
- 3 volt coin battery (such as CR2032 Lithium Coin Cell Battery)
- Adafruit Circuit Playground Express with USB data cable and battery pack (you can also use the BBC Micro:bit)
- Small Alligator Clip to Male Jumper Wire Bundle (3 needed in different colors)
- 9g micro servo
Craft Supplies and ToolsNote: It's nice to have a selection of crafts materials on hand to make the robot bodies in this class. Recycled materials are great -- mailers, food containers, cardboard boxes, scrap cardboard (especially corrugated), drinking cups, etc.
- pens or markers
- #2 pencil or soft graphite pencil (able to color in an area very dark)
- 4-5 index cards or sheets of stiff paper (such as cardstock or construction paper)
- drawing or scrap paper (for covering work area for ArtBot)
- lightweight recycled container, disposable cup, etc. for motorized robot body
- 3 washable markers (to be attached to the project)
- clear tape and/or masking tape
- electrical tape
- foil tape or other conductive tape (or aluminum foil for kitchen use, plus tape or glue)
- cork, pencil eraser, or other soft weight (something that won’t cause injury if it goes flying!)
- small thin cardboard box, like a tissue box (for the fin gripper hand)
- thin rod (disposable drinking straw, pencil, chopstick, bamboo skewer, etc) to operate gripper hand
- 2 stiff cardboard boxes (for the body and head of a programmable robot)
- googly eyes
- glue dots
- pipe cleaners
- ruler (or markings on strip of paper)
- 2 paper clips
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