The Robot Book: Build & Control 20 Electric Gizmos, Moving Machines, and Hacked Toys
The Robot Book: Build & Control 20 Electric Gizmos, Moving Machines, and Hacked Toys
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Annotation: The 20 easy-to-build robots in this project book can be constructed for little or no cost using common household objects and repurposed materials.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #5644109
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: xi, 195 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-556-52407-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-556-52407-3
Dewey: 629.8
LCCN: 2014015327
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
In a book perfect for "makers," physics teacher Mercer walks kids through making 20 different robots l fairly basic but anchored by solid scientific principles. The skills needed are not overly challenging. Mercer shows readers that by being curious, by observing, and by understanding the basics of machines and electricity, they can make small, amusing robots. Several of the projects don't even require electricity but still offer kids a chance to create something amazing. Each chapter clearly lays out the supplies needed, and Mercer offers tips for where to get supplies inexpensively. He emphasizes reusing and repurposing items, such as toys, as important parts of creation. There are plenty of close-up photographs detailing the steps for making each bot, and, in an empowering touch, some of the hands doing the work in the photos are clearly a child's. Mercer includes notations for when adult supervision is needed, mostly for using a knife, occasionally using a soldering iron, and doing research online.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up A concise title that introduces readers to the basics of robotics and building simple robots. The projects here all call for home appliances and everyday electronics, such as cell phones, toys, and computers, which are cited as the best sources for at-home robotic experimentation material. In order to complete these activities, students will need tools that include pliers, tape, screwdrivers, paperclips, and other more expensive pieces of equipment like motorized toy trucks, LED lights, and old CD computer drives, among other items. Those interested in tinkering with electronics will find the tasks engaging and thorough, though certain aspects of robot construction are overlooked, like the process of how to extract a battery from a cell phone or pager. Those seeking a more guided approach may need extra direction from a knowledgeable adult, though intrepid kids with an interest in science will likely innovate and improve upon some of the simpler robotic designs. Amy M. Laughlin, Darien Library, CT
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: 880L

Drones, RC cars, artificial limbs, Roombas--the robots have arrived! Don't you want your own? Author and physics teacher Bobby Mercer will show you how to turn common household objects and repurposed materials into 20 easy-to-build robots for little or no cost. Turn a toothbrush, an old cell phone or pager, and scrap wire into a Brush Bot, or hack a toy car to hotwire a Not-So-Remote Bot. A small electric fan, several craft sticks, and rubber bands make a Fan-Tastic Dancing Machine, and drinking straws, string, tape, and glue can be used to construct a working model of the human hand. Every hands-on project contains a materials list and detailed step-by-step instructions with photos for easy assembly. Mercer also explains the science and technology behind each robot, including concepts such as friction, weight and mass, center of gravity, kinetic and potential energy, electric circuitry, DC vs. AC current, and more. These projects are also perfect for science fairs or design competitions.


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