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How to Make a Simple Robot (Great for Beginners & Kids)

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Have you ever wanted to host a robotics class for your school, club, or kids? Well, look no further! In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make a DIY robot. This project is great for kids and also affordable for community groups such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Earn the robotics badges when you complete this project! Robotics kits can set you back hundreds of dollars per kit or more. However, this article will show how to create cheap robots for less than $30 per kit.

DIY robot tutorial with Arduino
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For about $300, you can create a custom classroom set of robots that will teach hands-on concepts in mechanical design, electronics, and programming. Not too shabby right? Plus, students will have a great time designing and decorating their custom chassis. That means no two robots will look alike! Let's get started!

Cheap DIY Robots Materials List

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DIY robot tutorial with Arduino
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Cheap DIY Robots Materials List

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Required Tools to Build the Simple Robot

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Get Organized by Creating Individual “Kits”

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How to Assemble a Robot

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Create the Chassis

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rectangular chassis for diy robot
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Attach the Motors and Wheels to the Chassis

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attach servos to build a robot
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attach the wheels to servo motors for your robot
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attach caster wheel to bottom of robot diagram
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Mount the Arduino Nano to the Robot

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connect Arduino Nano to a shield step by step diagram
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mount Arduino nano to mobile robot
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mount the battery to your robot
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Wiring Electronics for an Arduino Robot

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Arduino Nano Pinout Diagram

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Arduino Nano Pinout
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Servo Motors Wiring to Arduino Nano

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