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Kids

Silas and SMD

So, someone was in my lab looking for batteries and knocked over my SMD passives container.  Luckly, the resistors didn't make it out, but all the 0603 green and yellow LEDs, along with a 3.3v SOT-23 regs were lost.

Sooooooo....guess who learned to use tweezers, how to identify LEDs, and what a "SOWT-TWENIE-DREE" was?

This kid,

 

Ok, shameless parent brag is over.

Follows a predetermined path now. More coming
Using a
More information, pictures, and videos will follow. The Valdez family is my kids' introduction to building robots.  They are works in progress, and I expect the … Read more
Teach Kindergarden Kids about Chemistry and Electronics
Do you want to make it possible for a kid to make electronic circuits?    Make Squishy Circuit play dough and make up some challenges. Do you want to teach your … Read more
Inspire Kids about Robotics
Inspired by the community forum we had at the Campus Party in Berlin I went on and created a little robot build course for kids in the age of 12 to 16. Since … Read more
navigates a maze with feelers that reverses the opposing motor
Hi all Thanks for letting me join your site Here is a bot that I designed for the scouts to build it was designed as a maze runner. This one was built by my … Read more

Another great idea that I didn't have

The Arduino Experimentation Kit (from oomlout) is a pretty damn slick thing. Usually I'm one of the shit talkers about Oomlout's stuff (they think a lot of their laser cut plastic). This thing isn't quite as pricey as I'd expect from them though. At 80 USD it _might_ actually be worth buying the kit instead of ordering parts from different places (and then paying multiple shipping charges).

Future Robotics Engineers

Check it out everyone. We had our first Arduino class. I was excited to see how many parent & child participants showed up. We were expecting 12 total but had double that!

Here are some photos.

http://arduinofun.com/blog/2009/06/15/photos-from-the-arduino-workshop/