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Robotics has gained great popularity these past few years with the addition of engineering and STEM programs being offered in schools and libraries in the community. There are even homeschool STEM and robotics groups popping up, which is so exciting!
If you have children that love to create and invent things they will love learning about robotics. This would be a great addition to Science, or just for some fun hands-on learning in your homeschool. You could even devote an entire afternoon to robotics and make a whole unit study out of it. I also like the idea of forming your own robotics club so your kids can learn, create and challenge each other with their robots.
Here are some really fun robotics projects and ideas to help you get started:
Research Parent has some really cute robot ideas. Each post has detailed instructions and even some videos of these adorable robots in action.
Simple Homemade Robot Car
Homemade Propeller Car
Spinning Brush Bot
Homemade Wiggle Bot
Robotics Online Classes and Resources:
Robotics Science Fair and Engineering Project Ideas from Science Buddies. You can browse through the different robotics science and engineering project ideas that are broken down by level of difficulty.
Online Robots Class from Instructables. This free class takes your kids through the tools and techniques needed to get started with building your own robots. There are 7 lessons in all.
Brain Pop has an entire page of games, quizzes and videos that teach kids about Robots.
If you don’t like searching your home and junk drawer or tool box for supplies, then you will love these Robot Kits. Everything is included for you with detailed instructions to make building super simple.
4M Tin Can Robot4M Table Top Robot4M Solar Robot Kit4M Insectoid Robot Science Kit4M Robotic Hand Kit4M Doodling RobotKids First Robot Engineer Kit and Storybook4M Salt Water Powered Robot Kit11 in 1 Programmable Robot Kit – STEM Learning Educational Robotics Kit for Beginner and Arduino Learners with Video Tutorials, Rokit Smart by Robolink