Our Makerspace Saturday class this week was an intro to robots – and a great time! I will definitely not due justice to all of the parts and step by step procedures followed, but with the excellent guidance of Linda Nichols and Brandon Flade of Norfolk Java Script we made SumoBots that ACTUALLY moved!
Using a Sumo Bot Kit, an Arduino One, servos, something called a ‘breadboard’ (for those of us that bake and are new to electronics … its NOTHING like a breadbox) :-), and a battery pack … we created these guys.
We started out building the chassis,
then mounted the breadboard
installed the battery pack
and ran the (dreaded) wires
(then fixed them … then fixed them again.)
The robots were running on Node software with the Johnny-Five library. Brandon shows us the code that contained the commands to control the robot.
We fired them up and – voila – moving, honking, working robots! Brandon did a fantastic job guiding us newbies through the build process – showing us how then guiding us on how to troubleshoot and fix our own mistakes. It was a great class and we will definitely be making more robots in the future!
Revelation of the Day: I have a mental block about electrical wiring! My finished bot had wires flying arounds like a mad scientists hair …
while Josh’s were neat, bundled and orderly
Great Makerspace Saturday!
And, as always, I can’t say enough about 757 Makerspace here in Norfolk. Visit, join, make!! Members have access to the space and the Saturday classes are included in your membership. We got the value of our membership from the great classes alone – and have started our first project (stay tuned for a future post.)
Here’s their page and a link to some prior blog posts on their space.