9 year old says first Shonkbot workshop ‘Epic’

Thanks to an amazing team effort from Richard S, Libby, Barney and Zak (am I missing anyone else?), the Shonkbot (our attempt at a cheap and easy to make robot) has developed into a great workshop. The team got a chance to test the robot out with children aged between 8 and 13 at DigiMakers this weekend.

Participants worked with cheap and widely available parts:

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And used plenty of hot glue to create their Shonkbots:

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At the end of the workshop, all participants had successfully created their robots. Some had added the more advanced obstacle avoidance components.

Even though the kits ended up at £15 (our original target was £5),  all of them were bought to be taken home and reprogrammed!

Check the rest of the photos here and here.  Instructions and code are on the github.

Great work team Shonkbot!

 

8 thoughts on “9 year old says first Shonkbot workshop ‘Epic’

  1. Great idea! To cut the costs, have you considered using the Shrimping It kit. Cheap bare bones Arduino, downside is having to construct it as well plus having to buy the USB/TTL boards to program them.

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