"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)
From the Author
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!