Molly’s Robot

Molly’s Robot

Image by splorp
Over the Christmas holidays, my daughter worked on this tethered robot project for her high school electronics technology class. They were supplied with a Ziploc® bag containing two low voltage DC motors, a handful of wooden and plastic wheels, a length of used telephone wire, and two pages of project criteria. Basically, they had to construct a device that could navigate an oval track under a user’s control.

As much as I wanted to dig right in and build this beast myself, I did the right “dad” thing and acted mainly as the technical advisor and salvage wrangler.

See the notes for information on the various components.

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16 Responses to Molly’s Robot

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Oh, the humanity!

  2. Spikenzie says:

    Nice start!

  3. Corey Holms says:

    Your daughter has an unfair advantage due to your hoarding skills. Looks pretty kick ass, like it would scoop up the robot in front of it, and shovel it aside.

  4. splorp says:

    Remember, this isn’t a battlebot … it’s a trackbot.

  5. Corey Holms says:

    Are there rules stopping her bot from fighting?

  6. Grant Neufeld says:

    Your geek pride must be beyond imagining. Children truly are condemned to carry on the “sins of the fathers” 😉

  7. splorp says:

    @corey Well, I suppose not. But it wouldn’t be very favourable or sportsmanlike behaviour on the test track at school. @grant Full to overflowing. Sins … hobbies … potato … pahtahto. @tony Thanks.

  8. splorp says:

    Update! Molly’s robot has been recently mentioned on Wired’s Geekdad blog. Geekdad … that would be me … Props to John Baichtal for the write up.

  9. m_deWit says:

    so awesome, and points for the Bakelite™ inclusion.

  10. splorp says:

    Of anyone, I knew you’d appreciated that little detail.

  11. ruhh_111 says:

    its nice man vg

  12. IanAnthonySmith says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Robots, Automatons, Mainframes and the Silicon Revolution, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  13. splorp says:

    Added, of course.

  14. Jeffrey says:

    Molly’s geek famous!

  15. splorp says:

    More than she probably appreciates at this point in her life.

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