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"If you've got a child who is a robot fanatic, you must grab a copy of this book. Over a dozen hands-on projects and easy-to-understand technical explanations are going to make it a hit with teachers and parents and a must-have for kids." —James Floyd Kelly, author, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT-G Programming Guide


"Kathy Ceceri has packed this readable book with tons of information to inspire kids to pursue robots. The activities are creative and will prepare kids to build robots. For children too young to program computers and do soldering, this is the book to whet their appetite for robotics." —Ed Sobey, PhD, author, The Way Toys Work and Unscrewed, cofounder of Kids Invent!


"These exciting, bite-sized science experiments will catapult young readers into the world of robotics." —Daniel H. Wilson, PhD., author of Robopocalypse


"Light in tone but dense with information, this guide should appeal to those who already have a strong interest in the topic and are ready for a hands-on challenge." —Publishers Weekly (July 9, 2012)

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Real robots are among the most advanced machinery ever built. But the most interesting thing I learned putting this book together is that robot researchers and hobbyists use simple robotic models to help them understand and improve their designs! I hope my book will serve as a true introduction to robotics for kids (and adults) who know nothing about electronics. By building simple projects (including a few electronic hacks) you'll come away with an idea of what's going on behind all that complicated circuitry. But you'll also see how technology opens the door for creativity and innovation -- a true melding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with Art to create STEAM education!

You can find out more about the projects in this book, and news about robotics in general, on my website Crafts for Learning and on the Amazing Robotics Projects page on Facebook!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1000 (What's this?)
  • Series: Build It Yourself
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press; Build It Yourself edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936749750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936749751
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. C. Drake on October 26, 2012
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My firstborn son is your classic engineer dork, and he was born that way. He didn't make much eye contact with people when he was a toddler. He could be counted on to completely fail to notice when anyone except me was trying to get his attention. He never really talked to people or played pretend. As a small child he did not require human interaction. He spent hours alone building things. Sometimes if I was really lucky he pointed out to me interesting gears, and he often slammed books about mechanical things into my knees until I read them for the five hundredth time. Never, ever, ever, did he respond to a friendly "hello", notice when a new person entered a room, or otherwise appear to be a member of society.

When he was five, his older cousin got a robot for Christmas and drove it into the living room with a remote control. For the first time ever, my nearly non-verbal son 1) noticed someone new was in the room, 2) made eye contact, 3) approached the person respectfully, not too close or too far. Then he said (still making eye contact!) "Hello, Mister Robot. I'm [Name]. How are you today?" and... you would never believe it if you knew him... waited for the robot to respond! My baby DID know how to make conversation! He WAS capable of interaction! I then burst into tears. And, of course, my son didn't notice my emotions.

My heart broke for him even as my boy made his bent so clear to me. I vowed to do everything I could to help my son make for himself that robot companion that was clearly his only hope for ever having a friend. Together he and I would create a world of androids to warm every Aspergian's heart.

In the five years after that episode, either my son or I have read every single book on robotics accessible to young people in the U.S.
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I bought this book for my 7 year old after reading the rave reviews. My seven year old is high functioning autistic and very into robots atm. This book is way too 'dumbed down' for him. It was honestly a disappointment. None of the projects are very serious or in depth (and only one or two are actual robots). He read through it in one afternoon, sighed in disappointment and after telling me it wasn't really about making robots he said, "I think the vibrobot might be fun... but I want to change some things." (he wasn't really into the idea of it using markers) and he hasn't looked at the book since. I read through it and have to agree with him. It's a neat concept book and has some interesting info, but not much in depth. I'm putting this up on the shelf and expect my younger son to get more out of it in a few years. Since it said, "Build it Yourself" and was geared at younger audiences I expected a book that would walk us through the different kinds of robotics and making them. This is very interesting and goes into the concepts and that is neat, but I just don't feel it has as much practical applications as I was hoping for or as in depth in making the actual robots. It's still a neat book.
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I bought this book for the projects contained within, to do with my kids during our science portion of school for this year. After one look my youngest, 3, grabbed the book and would not let go, insisting I read it to him like a story book. To my relief, I could read this book to him like a story book, even if much of it is way beyond his comprehension. The projects are fun, and parts easy to acquire. I am currently using it as my text book for the co-op our family is participating in, allowing the kids to soak up the vast amount of information about how robotics came to be, and allowing them to explore and expand on the projects contained within. My hope is that we create a giant robot that works by the end of the year, complete with bionic skin and the capability to complete a mission (of sorts).
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My 7-year old is into robotics and this books is PHENOMENAL. It has 20 projects which increase in difficulty. It covers the timeline of robotics and explains everything in language my 7-year can handle. There are time when I intervene, but only for vocabulary, not the concept. The concepts are made plain and clear through simple phrases and great illustrations. I totally recommend this book to parents wanting to get their young children into robotics.
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This was a gift for my 11 year old grandson and he loves it! Before I knew it he was ripping the insides out of the flashing, beeping, talking toys the other grands love as per instructions in this book! No worries tho, once he began building we all added bits and pieces to add to his stockpile of supplies. Lots of cool facts and if you read the chapter to get the concept of what is going on and why you'll get more out of it. Some parental help advised on some projects.
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My 5 year old son is a huge robot fan and enjoys learning about them. This has some simple robot projects that he can easily do and has enjoyed. He also has learned a lot of practical and hands on info. about robots that has helped him deepen his understanding of robots vs. only being interested in them with no real true knowledge about them. I'd highly recommend this book.
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I bought this book after meeting the author at a Maker Faire. It contains not only fun projects for kids, but also history and trivia about robotics. Though the target audience is children, it's also a fun read for those of us in our sixth decade of childhood!
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