Hi there! My name is Allen Pan, and for the last year or so I've designed and presented public robotics workshops to literally hundreds of people in the city of Los Angeles. When I first started out, I was receiving a flat rate paid by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles from the Full Steam Ahead Grant. That meant that time, tools, and materials all had to fit within a pretty limited budget, and the expectation was that participants would get to take home whatever they made. It was tough, but I was able to put together a whole series of cost effective robotics workshops provided free to the public throughout the Los Angeles Public Library branches.
As I started getting more involved with the burgeoning (but sometimes slow) Maker Movement in Los Angeles, I found that educators, makerspaces, parents, and librarians were looking for resources for putting together their own Making themed workshops and events, and were often coming up short. A lot of projects they found on the internet were focused on one-offs that don't necessarily translate to a workshop environment, especially in regards to cost or prep time. So here's the first of hopefully several fully documented, fully budgeted, and fully workshoppable robotics projects. Enjoy!