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Robots Class


8 Lessons

16,054 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Building robots is fun, easy, and can be done by nearly anyone. My class guides you through four beginner projects, introducing new knowledge and skills along the way.

During the first half of the class you will build three simple bots which will familiarize you with the fundamentals of robot-building. Over the second half of the class you will build an advanced telepresence robot using a microcontroller and sensors.

I hope you will join me in the wild world of robotics.

Want to see a robot build in detail and ask questions as it comes together?

Check out a full video of my Simplebots Wobbler webinar on the Instructables Facebook Page. Or sign up for another one of our awesome free webinars here!

Enter an Instructables contest!

If you use the skills you learn in this class to create an awesome project, write an instructable about it and enter it in our Power Supply Contest to win some great prizes! And, if you're part of a makerspace or a community of awesome makers, consider getting a group together and entering the Makerspace Contest to win amazing tools that will push your creativity forward!

Class Author:randofo

Randy Sarafan is an artist, designer, inventor, and founder of the Instructables Design Studio. Over the last 10 years he has created hundreds of step-by-step tutorials on diverse subjects ranging from pancakes to self-driving robotic queen-sized beds. He has authored two books, 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots

His work has been showcased by the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, the BBC, Core77, Boing Boing, and the National Examiner (to name a few). He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the internet.


Lesson 1: Getting Started With Robots

Begin your journey into the wild world of robotics by learning about basic concepts and tools.

Lesson 2: Robot Tools and Materials

A list of the tools and materials you will need.

Lesson 3: Basic Electronics Skills for Robotics

A crash course to get yourself started with electronics.

Lesson 4: Single Motor Bot

Learn basic skills and techniques for making things that move.

Lesson 5: Sponge Bot

Discover how you can make your bots more robust with basic mechanisms.

Lesson 6: Skitter Bot

Master the concept of the H-bridge and make a bot that scurries about

Lesson 7: Robot Brains

An introduction to the Arduino microcontroller.

Lesson 8: Servo A-Go-Go!

Everything you ever wanted to know - and more - about servo motors!

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!