Robotics has seen immense advancement with new technologies and programs used every day. However, what’s even better is the fact that new technologies have come out to help children learn the coding required for robotics as well! If a child wishes to learn robotics, then there are some phenomenal options that a parent can help with.
While an actual robot would take time and requires a skillset you and your child may not have yet, there are some fun robots you could build to get them interested!
Show them their first Robot car!
A robot car is hardly as complicated as one would think and can be absolutely delightful when put into practice. To a parent, it may seem like a fun but incredibly simple toy with batteries and a motor. But to a child, it could easily be a robot if you just put some cute eyes and paint in some facial features.
But how does one build a robot car? That’s easy! Just take a box (body of the car), two sticks (axles), 4 bottle caps (wheels) less than 1m of wire, an electric switch, a 1.5V motor, a rubber band, your hands, and your child’s attention!
Step 1: Wired up
Get the wiring in place before you proceed. Connect the battery holder to the switch in order to be able to control the flow of current.
Then connect the switch to the motor in a closed circuit that also includes the batteries. Turn the switch on to check if the motor works.
Step 2: setting up the suspension
Take the sticks and push them through the sides of the box where you want your wheels to be. Make them pass through the rubber band inside the box.
Step 3: Fitting the engine
Place the motor, switch, and battery set-up on top of the box and cut a hole in the top of the box for the rubber band to pass through from inside the box. Loop the rubber band on the motor’s shaft and use tape or glue to keep everything in place.
Step 4: Painting
Once the glue dries, take this opportunity to make this a little art project. This is a great way for you and your child to “create” the robot and add delightful bits that give the robot car a personality.
Step 5: Have fun
Everything is done and now all you have to do is turn on the switch so you and your child can enjoy the robot you’ve both made together.
Once they’re interested and want to make more robots, you can find a few more online. You should consider enrolling them in a course that will teach them how to build actual robots that can move on their own. Technology today has come up with simple tools that will teach your child how to code under the careful guidance of a mentor and the point is to make sure they have FUN! We at DIYA Robotics might just have what you’re looking for. You can easily find out by asking us for a free demo session that will allow you to understand what the course will be like! Reach out to us at www.diyalabs.com today!