Thanks to Rapid Electronics, who very kindly sponsored us 70% of the parts we needed for 40 robot kits, we were able to offer the shonkbot workshop for only £5 per person at the Bristol Mini Maker Faire 2015.
Here’s what 40 kits look like
A table full of happy makers
Tuesday 4th August. Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. 10 tickets available.
Build your own drawing robot! This robot was developed by a team at Bristol Hackspace to teach beginners that it’s not so hard to make a robot.
We ran 2 young people’s workshops for the most recent digimakers
, and now we’re doing it again for the general public.
The £10 robot can be built by a beginner in an hour, and forms a platform for further robotic experimentation. After you’ve built the robot, you’ll have a chance to program it to draw something different. The robot will be yours to take away.
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:
Followed some (still improving) instructions:
And used plenty of hot glue to create their Shonkbots:
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!
After Makerfaire 2015
we were really impressed with how much time and effort had gone into lots of projects. Really polished and professional looking demos.
This is great, but it can also be off putting for beginners who might feel unable to get started.
So we want to answer that by developing a £5 robot that is quite bodged together.
Probably based on a shrimp kit, using steppers or dc geared motors and a CD for a base.
To keep it accessible we won’t be using any PCBs or anything laser cut.