Cheap Artbots for Workshops - do it yourself

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!

Step 1: What the Heck is an Artbot?!

Cheap Artbots for Workshops


DIY Laptop Controlled Robot - do it yourself

DIY Laptop Controlled Robot


Elementary Robotics - do it yourself

Elementary Robotics


Inch Worm Soft Robot - do it yourself

Inch Worm Soft Robot


More Chassis for Cheap Robots 1: Battbot - do it yourself

More Chassis for Cheap Robots 1: Battbot


Gongbutton: Big button to control your gongs - do it yourself

Gongbutton: Big button to control your gongs


The real size LowCost robot wall.e made from water pipe and scraps - do it yourself

The real size LowCost robot  wall.e made from water pipe and scraps


Gongbot: Networked robotic gong - do it yourself

Gongbot: Networked robotic gong


Self-balancing Raleigh Chopper inspired electric scooter - do it yourself

Self-balancing Raleigh Chopper inspired electric scooter


Chess Robot - do it yourself

Chess Robot


 
 

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