Making robots isn’t just for engineers and programmers – you can also make works of art. You don’t need a gigantic Hollywood budget either, just some old toys, some good friends and some workshop tools. Oh, and your micro:bit, of course.
Artronix, a maker workshop organisation based in Glasgow, know all about hosting art jams. What’s a jam? Aside from delicious, it’s an event where you work with friends to make cool, creative things.
Check out the videos and tutorials below on how to make your own actor robots, and when you’re ready, check out Artronix’s top 10 tips on organising your own jam.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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