SuperBot2000

I built this cardboard robot with my nine year old nephew Joel. This was Joel's first arduino project! I have some arduino experience and Joel had his great imagination. I wanted to help him learn how to bring his imagination to life with engineering! Making the robots casing out of cardboard allowed Joel to decorate it to his hearts content! Your robot dosen't have to be built to these exact specifications get creative with it and see how you can make your own unique little robot.

Parts Needed :

  • arduino Mega
  • 2 continuous rotation servos
  • 1 standard 9 gram servo
  • 1 robot chassis
  • infrared receiver
  • infrared remote
  • lcd display
  • 4AA battery pack
  • 9v battery clip
  • wires
  • a few miscellaneous legos
  • and of course Cardboard!

Tools Needed :

  • soldering iron
  • solder
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • scissors
  • laptop with arduino ide installed


Step 1: Electronics

Joel and I assembled SuperBots electronics according to the following diagram. We were working with an arduino mega and all that I could find to make a diagram was an uno so I adjusted the code accordingly. If you see any errors please let me know and I will update the diagram.

Step 2: Assembly

We Started assembly by hot gluing the arduino to the chassis. We made sure to put some cardboard between arduino and the metal frame. Also the metal chassis is optional; I just had one lying around. You could totally make one out of cardboard. Joel and I then glued the battery pack to the bottom of the chassis.

The casing of SuperBot is made out of different pieces of cardboard that we hot glued together. We decided to just make a simple box. The hardest part was Cutting the hole for the lcd screen.

After the casing was finished we had to mount the claw. so that SuperBot could carry items and drop them on command. I raided my lego collection to create the claw.

Step 3: The Code

You can download the code here. I am usind arduino ide 1.8.8 Remember to install the correct libraries or it wont compile. once again if you catch any errors please let me know and I will update the code.

Step 4: Conclusion

I had a great time building this little robot with my nephew. I think we both learned a lot. I hope that Joel continues to build things hes a great inventor! We would really appreciate your vote in the Cardboard Contest.

-Happy tinkering

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    audreyobscura

    2 months ago

    What a fun project to do with a little kid! Thanks for sharing your circuit, too!

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