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DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot

DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot from KitHub - A Wandering Vine

DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot

 

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I love doing projects with the kids to help them learn hands-on. We received 2 motorized ArtBot kits from KitHub, and we had so much fun building them. Here is what we did for this DIY STEM project.

Each kit includes:

DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot - A Wandering Vine

  • Paper cup
  • Hobby motor
  • AA battery
  • AA battery holder
  • Coin cell battery
  • Electrical tape
  • LED
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • 2 googly eyes

 

To build each bot, these are the steps we followed:

  1. Insert the AA battery into the AA battery holder.
  2. Attach the AA battery holder to the side of the cup with electrical tape.
  3. Fold a piece of tape around the motor shaft on top to make a flag.DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot - A Wandering Vine
  4. Test the motor. Attach the red alligator clip to the exposed metal of the (red) positive lead of the battery holder. Repeat for the black alligator clip and the (black) negative lead). If the motor spins, disconnect the wires.
  5. Tape the motor to the base of the cup so that the motor shaft does not touch the cup.DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot from KitHub - A Wandering Vine
  6. Insert the wires of the LED through the cup to make a nose.
  7. Connect the coin cell battery to the LED wires and secure (we used a mini chip clip).
  8. Decorate your bot with pipe cleaner arms, googly eyes, and anything else you wish.
  9. Reconnect the wires and watch your bot wiggle and dance!

DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot - A Wandering VineThe look on my son’s face when the bot started moving was priceless. I wish I had 2 extra hands so I could’ve snapped a picture as soon as I connected the wires. I love seeing him connect the dots of how things work and how to create.

This project reminded me of my science projects when I was in school. It would be great for the classroom, homeschooling, or an educational after-school/weekend activity for home.

You can get your own Motorized ArtBot Kit here. You can also check out all the different kits available here!

Have you done a STEM project at home? I’d love to hear about it!

DIY STEM Project: How to Build a Motorized Bot from KitHub - A Wandering Vine

10 Comments

  1. Jane Porterfield

    This sounds like a great science project for young kids (and me too… lol). I’d love to sit with my grandkids and work on a project like this with them – just to see their reactions.

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  2. Clara

    This is quite a project. A bit beyond my capabilities, but I’m glad to see you working on it.
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  3. andrea

    We homeschool and I just love projects like this! Thanks for sharing:) I need to pin this on our homeschool board too so our homeschool friends can give it a try

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  4. Joan Kubes

    This is a neat little project!

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  5. Anna nuttall

    Oh how awesome, my niece would love this. xx
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  6. cheryl larimer

    What a cute way to get a child interested in building things and science. This would be a great project for me to work on with my grandson.

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  7. Terry Poage

    That is so cute and creative. Nice going, what a great project.

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  8. Fashion FaB News (Lina)

    Really cute. Really good idea and it’s a great projects for kids.
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  9. Imaobong

    This is so cute and creative.
    It’s been so long since i tried my hands on something like this so definitely keeping this one in mind 🙂

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