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Robots Class


15 Lessons

14,416 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.

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 Robotics Contest or Microcontroller Contest to win some great prizes!

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!

Lesson 9: Telepresence Robot: Basic Platform (Part 1)

Build the basic drive platform for the telepresence robot.

Lesson 10: Telepresence Robot: Basic Platform (Part 2)

Create a servo-adjustable phone holder and attach it to your platform.

Lesson 11: Telepresence Robot: Collision Switch

Add switches to the front to detect a collision with another object.

Lesson 12: Telepresence Robot: Edge Detection

Make an edge detection sensor to keep your robot from driving off cliffs.

Lesson 13: Telepresence Robot: Distance Sensor

Be proactive about preventing collisions by adding a distance sensor.

Lesson 14: Telepresence Robot: Shields and Modules

Learn about shield and modules, and make the telepresence robot controlled through Skype.

Lesson 15: Bringing It All Around

Take all of the lessons and bring them together to finalize the robot.

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