Where to begin to build a robot that can pick up (grip), move and release billiard balls?
My 3rd grade daughter has been assigned robo-billiards in the elementary science olympiad. However, we have no robotics experience and need to get smart quickly! Also, I believe we may be funding this project ourselves. From my poking around, it seems that robotics parts are very expensive. Please share any advice on:
1. introductory robot building,
2. whether there are cost effective ways to build,
3. advice on essential elements for a robot that must pick up billiard balls and move to place them in a container.