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Picture of The BallBot1 Robot Project ...
Hi,

I was teaching over 100 small children about robotics for National Robotics Week last year at the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club;
http://www.brainless.org/OB&GC/Photo&Story.html

Then from watching the children really learning I realized that I could build them a little robot to play with;
http://www.opecofthewest.com/MultiMedia/BallBot1/Img_9672-ec.jpg

http://www.opecofthewest.com/MultiMedia/BallBot1/Img_9677-ece.jpg

Step 1: The BallBot1 Robot is born ...

Picture of The BallBot1 Robot is born ...
After I saw that the children loved my little CanBot1 robot and they wanted to take one home ... but I couldn't sell them because it was a bunch of loose parts so I began exploring how to make the CanBot1 into a product using SolidWorks for 3D Modeling & Designing;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YMFBy28ruAQ

The BallBot1 was born;  
http://www.r2pv1.net/BallBot1.Project/BallBot1-01+Calipersc.jpg
 
you have a great series of tutorials and books for solidworks and this is one of the reason that I add your blog in this article