Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids: 20 Original STEAM Robots and Circuits to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) Paperback – December 17, 2019
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“The title doesn't lie! Bob Katovich combines his robot-building expertise and his trademark whimsy to deliver a book that is engaging, approachable, and highly educational. Appropriate for the classroom, a makerspace, or at home, each project utilizes simple materials and methods to create myriad robotic designs that work as-is but also have the potential to be limitlessly expanded upon. This is a must-have for anyone searching for an empowering and humorous introduction to robotics.”―Alison Earnhart, NBCT, engineering educator
“Bob’s well-organized book easily guides young readers and hobbyists to small electronics mastery while also providing cultural context and even whimsical flair. This foray into STEAM projects will have you feeling 'powerful and confident, like a science wizard.’”―Maris Polanco, scientist, educator, and artist
“This is seriously a great book…[It’s] packed full of projects, designed for a range of ability levels. Any child who loves to build and create would find something they would want to build in here.” ―Jessica J.
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Tools & Basics – drill with two different-size drill bits; hammer; hobby knife; hot glue gun and glue sticks; ruler; scissors; regular-size screwdriver; small screwdriver; table or desk; wire stripping tool or wire cutter
Arts & Crafts Supplies – 2 alligator clips; 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil tape; cellophane (transparent) tape; 17 (6”) craft sticks; 6 (1 1/2") pieces of craft sticks; double-sided cellophane (transparent) tape; double-sided foam tape; 1 piece of fabric a couple of inches wide and as long as the circumference of a bowl; 4 glue dots; 5 or more googly eyes; regular-size marker; 2 small markers; paint, stickers, or other decorations (optional); pencil; 56 (6”) tongue depressors; vinyl electrical tape; wooden skewers or dowels (1/8 to 3/16” in diameter) for making a total of 21 rods ranging from ¾ - 4” long
Batteries & Battery Components – 21 AA batteries; 2 AAA batteries; 3 9-volt batteries; 6 (2 AA) battery holders with on/off switch and wire leads attached; 4 (2 AA) battery holders with on/off switch; 1 (2 AAA) battery holder with on/off switch; 3 (9-volt) battery snap connectors; 3 CR2032 3-volt button cell batteries; 5 small solar panels (rated 0.5V, 800 mA, or higher)
Electrical Components – 2 small 170-point breadboards; (1-lf) capacitor; 1 (100-uf) capacitor; 3 Elenco 2-in-1 gearbox kits; 1 high-speed gearbox; 1 low-speed gearbox; 1 photoresistor; 3 (150-ohm) resistors; 1 (470-ohm) resistor; 1 (1,000-ohm) resistor 1 (1 million-ohm) resistor; 1 momentary push-button switch; 1 small speaker with wires attached; 1 555 timer integrated circuit
Found Objects – 1 plastic bottle (with dimple in its cap); 1 counterweight (such as a small padlock); 1 cardboard tube; 1 square of cardboard (just bigger than a bowl); 1 small Chinese takeout container; 1 small circle of thick paper (like from a paper plate) covered in aluminum foil; 1 small domed lid; 16-ounce plastic jar; 1 small paper or Styrofoam bowl; 2 pizza saver tripods; 2 rubber bands; 2-4 plastic sauce containers (from restaurants); 2 springs; small square tin with lid; 2 small squares of Styrofoam; 1 wire clothes hanger
Hardware Store Supplies – 2 adhesive-backed foam washers; adhesive-backed magnetic tape; 1 ball bearing or other small round object; 4 plastic ball casters; 4 (1/4” by 3”) bolts; 2 small bolts with washers and nuts; box of small screws; box of small washers; 12 small cotter pins; 3 medium rubber gaskets for tires (that fit on small wheels); 64 small rubber O-ring gaskets (1/8” in inner diameter, that fit snuggly on wooden rods); small machine screw with washer and nut; small metal base; 2 small neodymium rare earth magnets; lock nut that fits ¼” x 3” bolt; 7 regular nuts that fit ¼” x 3” bolt; 2 small nuts or lock-nuts; 4 ring connectors
Lights – 7 mini 1.5-volt bulbs; 7 mini plastic bulb receptacles; 4 LEDs
Motors – 3 dual shaft gear motors; low-voltage, low-currant DC motor (with wires); 2 vibrating disk motors; large vibration motor
Toy Parts – toy boat; 2 propellers (that fit on the low-voltage, low-current motors); small robot or astronaut figurine (about 1 ½” tall, such as a LEGO minifigure); 3 wheels (best if 2 fit the low-speed gearbox and 1 fits the high-speed gearbox); 2 wheels (that fit on the dual shaft gear motor’s oval shafts); 2 small plastic wheels with spokes; 2 thin plastic wheels
Wires – 12 jumper wires (any short length of solid core copper wire); 2 (6”) pieces of solid core copper wire; 1 (6”) piece of black wire, stripped on both ends; solid core copper wire
The projects themselves are lots of fun. The instructions are clear and include lots of photographs (and the photos are well done, too). This book and the necessary supplies will keep kids engaged, with the projects and their parents, for many happy days.
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