Making Simple Robots Starter Pack

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Anybody can build a robot. That includes kids, parents, grandparents and educators, anyone with engineering aspirations and maker dreams will find this the perfect entry level into crafting, circuitry, robotics and coding - micro:bit included!

This companion starter pack has all the electronics you'll need and then some for the projects in Making Simple Robots, 2nd Edition, by Kathy Ceceri (book required for projects, add-on discount available). The projects in the book will teach you about electric circuits by making jumping origami frogs with eyes that light up when you get them ready to hop. You'll practice designing all-terrain robot wheel-legs with free, online Tinkercad software, and you'll create files ready for 3D printing. You'll also learn to sew -- and code -- a cyborg rag doll with a blinking electronic "eye."

Each project in the book (sold separately) includes step-by-step directions and clear illustrations and photographs. Along the way, you'll learn about the real research behind the DIY version, find shortcuts for making projects easier when needed, and get suggestions for adding to the challenge as your skill set grows. 

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that you can program and physically interact with. The latest micro:bit adds sound sensing and playback capabilities.

Is the micro:bit a computer or a microcontroller?
You might also hear the micro:bit referred to as a microcontroller. The board contains a microcontroller that can be programmed to perform specific tasks, but it also has input and output devices like buttons and an LED display which makes it more than a microcontroller. A microprocessor plus memory, storage and physical input/output devices make a computer like the one you are reading this article on. The micro:bit is just a pocket-sized one.

This Starter Pack contains the following:

1x micro:bit v.2
1x Battery Holder w/On-Off Switch (2 AAA)
1x USB type-A to USB micro-B Cable
1x Brad Clips - 4pc
1x Binder Clips - 2pc
1x Sewing Needles - 3pc
1x Coin Cell Batteries - 5/pk
1x Coin Cell Battery Holder
2x Servo Motor - 180
1x Mini Pancake Motor
1x Copper Tape Rolls - 20M/5mm
1x Glue Dot Sheets - 12/per sheet
8x LEDs (5mm) (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow - 2ea.)
1x LEDs (5mm) (RGB)
2x LEDs (10mm) (Blue)
1x Alligator Clips Bundle to Dupont Male Pin - 3pc (Red, Brown, Orange)
1x Jumper Wire Male to Female - 3pc (Red, Brown, Orange)
24x Rubber Bands (7" & 1.25")

Download Instruction/Bonus Projects Here

Download Templates Here

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Optional Add-On: Make: Making Simple Robots, 2nd Edition Book (Print  or  PDF)

Tape and Glue

  • Clear tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Masking tape
  • Double-sided scrapbooking tape or adhesive dots
  • Optional: Duct tape

School/Office Supplies

  • AAA batteries


  • Flexible vinyl tubing, 1/4-inch (15 cm) inside diameter
  • Optional: Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

Craft Supplies

  • 1 by 2 feet (30 by 60 centimeters) felt fabric
  • Felt, two or more colors (Optional) peel-and-stick felt
  • Embroidery yarn (also called craft yarn, less glossy than embroidery floss)
  • Bag Fiberfill stuffing
  • Peel-and-stick fabric adhesive sheets (the no-iron type)
  • Googly eyes (1 large, several small)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • 4 or more beads with large holes, such as pony beads
  • Twist ties (re-used, or a roll of garden twist tie wire)
  • Craft sticks
  • Paper cups
  • Drinking straws