Make: Making Simple Robots, 2nd Edition - Print

Make: Making Simple Robots, 2nd Edition - Print

Make your Own Robot! Use everyday objects (and lose the technical jargon!) in a spirited and mod-friendly approach to robot building and programming.


Making Simple Robots, 2nd Edition is based on the idea that anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, educators, parents, and anyone who didn't make it to engineering school. If you can cut, fold, and tape a piece of paper to make a tube or a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part.

In fact, many of the models in this book are based upon real-life prototypes -- working models created in research labs and companies. What's more, if you can use the apps on your smartphone, you can quickly learn to tell robots what to do using free, online, beginner-level software like MIT's Scratch and Microsoft MakeCode.

The projects in this book which 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 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.

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About the Author:

Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning writer, educator, and maker, with a focus on science, technology, history, and art. The author of over a dozen books for kids featuring hands-on STEAM activities, Kathy teaches enrichment workshops at schools, museums, libraries, and afterschool programs, both in person and online. She also works with educators and parents looking for ways to make learning more engaging and fun. In addition, Kathy develops teaching and learning materials for companies like Maker Shed and Adafruit Industries, as well as organizations including the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she helped design a series of robotics badges and a nationwide cybersecurity competition. Kathy lives along the Hudson River in Upstate New York