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Motorized ArtBot Robot

Motorized ArtBot Robot

Create your own ArtBot, a moving robot that buzzes, spins, and twirls to create cool, colorful patterns.

How We Did It

Motorized ArtBot Robot

First, get together your supplies. You can get an inexpensive hobby motor and battery pack from your local electronics store. Put the batteries into the battery pack.

Motorized ArtBot Robot
Tape your markers to the plastic cup. (Thinner markers are recommended. We tried thicker markers but they were too heavy and weighed ArtBot down.)
Motorized ArtBot Robot
Hook the battery pack's wires to the hobby motor. It doesn't matter in which order you hook up the wire; just make sure there's only one wire on each small metal hole of the hobby motor. My five-year-old hooked the wires on, and then I helped her secure the wires.
Motorized ArtBot Robot
Tape the battery pack to the top of the plastic cup. We added some googly eyes to give the ArtBot some life!
Motorized ArtBot Robot
Add a glob of tape to the knob on the hobby motor. Turn on the motor to see whether the tape will stay on securely. It took us a few attempts before the glob of tape stayed on.
Motorized ArtBot Robot
Uncap your markers, place your ArtBot on a large piece of paper, then turn your motor on by flicking the "on" switch on your battery pack. My five-year-old proudly named her robot buddy "Sally." Go Sally, go!

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