Explore the World of Robotics with This Suite of Projects
Step-by-Step Robotics Projects Supported by Best Buy
Building robots is an engaging way to learn about engineering and end up with a fun "toy" at the end. Below are ten robots for you to try, each with a different set of behaviors and options to explore. To give them more personality, these robots can be decorated and personalized using simple craft items.
Put together with a few simple electrical connections, the four robots shown above are the easiest robots to build. For a first-time robot-building experience, you can't go wrong with one of these! These robots offer a wide range of movements and simple behaviors, from shuffling about randomly to scribbling with a marker. One of these robots even free-form dances! These robotics projects are ideal for younger children or for shorter sessions with older, first-time robot builders. A convenient kit is available with the electronics parts to build the Brushbot, Bristlebot, and Art Bot.
The two robots shown above can serve as a starting point for older kids or as a next step for anyone who has mastered the Simple Robots. These robots have more complex circuitry, but our step-by-step directions (containing plenty of photos) make them straight-forward and fun to build. These robotics projects introduce the concept of alternative power sources (solar vs. battery) as well as the use of sensors that allow a robot to understand and react to its environment in rudimentary ways. A kit is available with parts to build either of these robots.
A kit is available to build all four robots above, one at a time. With sleek wheels and a larger battery pack, these robots zoom along faster than the Simple Robots or the Fancier Robots. In addition to more power, each project uses a different type of sensor that allows the robot to react to touch, motion, light, or infrared light for completely different behaviors. Because the chassis needs to be assembled and there is a bit more circuitry to be wired, these projects are the ideal "level up" from the Fancier Robots. Once built, each robot is good for hours of tinkering and play and serves as an excellent stepping-stone to truly complicated robots which combine sensors and programming to further refine behaviors.
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