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#1 Sweetpea3829

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:22 AM

DS10 has been accumulating various "junk" objects for quite some time now.  He would like to use these items to build a robot.  He has all kinds of things...circuits, gears, etc.  

 

He also has the complete set of Snap Circuits.

 

Can anybody suggest a book or a resource that might be useful in helping him combine his trinkets into an actual working robot?  I would like him to work on this with his Dad, as a bit of a bonding project.  



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 06:48 PM

I don't have any answers but am riding along on this one because it's certainly something my daughter's leading up to as well.

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:20 AM

Are you in 4h? They have a curriculum called "junk drawer robotics". Maybe that might help?
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Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:49 PM

Are you in 4h? They have a curriculum called "junk drawer robotics". Maybe that might help?


If you're not in 4H is this curriculum available to non-members?

#5 Where's Toto?

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 05:33 PM

If you're not in 4H is this curriculum available to non-members?

 

Yes anyone can order.  It's 4hmall.org.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:50 PM

Yes anyone can order. It's 4hmall.org.


Thanks for this. I've previewed the facilitator's guide & it appears do-able at home. The kid's notebook is especially appealing. Have you done these activities at home? Do the reuqired parts add up? Do you have other sources of homemade robotics kits?

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for this. I've previewed the facilitator's guide & it appears do-able at home. The kid's notebook is especially appealing. Have you done these activities at home? Do the reuqired parts add up? Do you have other sources of homemade robotics kits?

 

I've done a few 4-H activities at home, I also run a 4-H STEM club.  Most of them are pretty easy to do at home, the materials are pretty affordable.

 

We ended up buying Edison robots to use with our group and at home.  They are programmable using an easy drag-and-drop coding software, Scratch based coding, and Python based coding so I figured they'd last us quite a while.  They are Lego compatible and also have bar-code programming.  They have a lot of lesson plans on their website - meetedison.com.


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