Written in language that non-engineers can understand, Making Simple
Robots helps beginners move beyond basic craft skills and materials to
the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors. Find
out how to animate folded paper origami, design a versatile robot
wheel-leg for 3D printing, or program a rag doll to blink its cyborg
eye. Each project includes step-by-step directions as well as clear
diagrams and photographs. And every chapter offers suggestions for
modifying and expanding the projects, so that you can return to the
projects again and again as your skill set grows.
I loved the challenge of learning new skills like soldering, and then figuring out how to make it simple enough for any beginner to try. I hope you'll check out Making Simple Robots and let me know what you think!
This past year has been busy -- but the result has been a new book with amazing science and geeky projects for kids and families!
Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects, a book for kids ages 9-12 from Nomad Press, is packed full of information about how robots work and contains "low tech/no tech" projects based on actual robotics research. No special tools or skills are needed to build any of the working robotics models in this book -- just ordinary crafts materials and recycled electronics parts!
If you haven't visited our current science blog, Integrated Science at Home, go take a look. We're working our way through a Teaching Company video lecture series called The Joy of Science, which explains the major science concepts using a chronological approach. The series is a handy way of making sure we cover some of the basic material we may have skimmed or skipped over in our more focused courses.
As we watch each episode, I've been jotting down ideas for labs we can do related to each topic. So far most of the topics have been related to Classical Physics. (You know, that stuff I thought would be too boring to go over last year.) I've really been enjoying the projects we've done. Tonight when it got dark we did a demonstration of Total Internal Reflection using a laser pointer and a soda bottle full of water. Check it out!