Dance Dance Roverbot! Build a Light Activated Dancing Snap Circuits Programmable Robot.

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In this Instructable you will learn how to build a light activated dancing Snap Circuits programmable robot. First, you will learn how to install the PICAXE Programming Editor (the PICAXE is the microcontroller, or computer brain for your Dance Dance Roverbot). Next, you will learn what a simple PICAXE program looks like and what it does. Then you will learn about the various parts and electronic components used to build Dance Dance Roverbot. You will then assemble Dance Dance Roverbot. Finally you will learn how to program and test Dance Dance Roverbot.

Snap Circuits is an educational toy that teaches electronics with solderless snap-together electronic components. Each component has the schematic symbol and a label printed on its plastic case that is color coded for easy identification. They snap together with ordinary clothing snaps. The components also snap onto a 10 X 7 plastic base grid analogous to a solderless breadboard. There are several Snap Circuits kits that range from a few simple circuits to the largest kit that includes 750 electronic projects.

All the kits include manuals printed in color with easy to follow diagrams to assemble the projects. The illustrations for each project look almost exactly like what the components will look on the base grid when finished. Because the electronic symbol is printed on each electronic component, once the project is completed, it will look almost exactly like a printed electronic schematic.

To build Dance Dance Roverbot, I used parts from three different sets, the Snap Circuits Motion Detector, Snap Circuits Rover, and Snap Circuits Micro. Elenco does not currently have a Snap Circuits programmable robot product. I find this surprising since Elenco has developed the Snap Circuits Rover, which is a remote controlled rover and the Snap Circuits Micro that teaches you how program the PICAXE microcontroller and how to build circuits for the PICAXE, but Elenco has yet to develop a product that combines the PICAXE with the Snap Circuits Rover.

I designed Dance Dance Roverbot to be easy to build completely out of Snap Circuits parts and easy to program to inspire folks from 8 to 80 to get interested in robotics. I've entered Dance Dance Roverbot in the Toy Challenge Contest so, If you like this Instructable, please vote for it:

The following are the Snap Circuits parts you will need to build Dance Dance Roverbot (parts can be ordered separately from Elenco®; or C & S sales

Software CD from the Snap Circuits XP or Snap-Micro I kit (if you do not have either of these kits you can download the PICAXE Programming Editor from

1 10 X 10 Plastic Base Grid
1 Rover
1  9 volt Battery Block B5
1  Motor Control IC U8
1 8 Pin Socket U14 With PICAXE 08m Installed
1 100K Ohm Rsistor R5
2 1K Ohm Resistors R2
1 Photo Resistor RP
1 Slide Switch S1
1  USB Programming Cable
2 Single Snaps
15 Two Snap Conductors
1 Three Snap Conductor
1 Four Snap Conductor
1 Six Snap Conductor
1 Seven Snap Conductor
1 Orange Jumper Wire
1  White Jumper Wire
1 Green Jumper Wire
1 Yellow Jumper Wire
1 Purple Jumper Wire
1 Gray Jumper Wire
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manuka9 months ago

Well shown there! Perhaps check my cheaper "snapped" PICAXE approach that's built into a gutted sound module =>

zigzagchris3 years ago
I learned so much about electricity from those snap circuits as a kid.