Robot Construction Ideas

New Zealands first Dalek building page...see how it was done!

PICAXE controller chips - discover how these amazing programmable chips could be used in your robot!

Connect a PICAXE to a Casio FX-9750g graphics calculator. Add sensors and collect the data in science and mathematics, or use the calculator as a remote control

Puke Ariki 'Fresh out of the Box' PICAXE Haiku Robots at the Puke Ariki art exhibition

Detailed robot plans for ALIS from Jared Broad

Cyber Mice - build Mighty Mouse, Cybot's PICAXE cousin and 8 legs away from evolving into a Cyber Spider!

Simple sensors - read our Sensors from voltage dividers article so your robot can sense the outside world

Electronics Manual for Science, Maths and Art. Year 9 to Year 13 introductory PICAXE manual with simple circuits to make and example PICAXE codes.

RIGEL data and games link Connect yourself to 3D virtual worlds with the Real World Interactive Games and Electronics Link.

A teddy bear fitted with an infra red (IR) sensor detects blood flow in time with a heart beat.
A picaxe 08M chip detects the pulses and flashes a light emitting diode (LED) in time with your heart beat.

What is a robot?

"Robotics is a use of a wide range of technologies. In order to build a robot you must also build power supplies, motors and gears for motion, sensors and if wanted design Artificial Intelligence.

The term robot originates from the Czech word robota, meaning "compulsory labour." It was first used in the 1921 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by the Czech novelist and playwright Karel Capek. The word robot has been used since to refer to a machine that performs work to assist people or work that humans find difficult or undesirable. The concept of automated machines dates to antiquity with myths of mechanical beings brought to life. Automata, or manlike machines, also appeared in the clockwork figures of medieval churches, and 18th-century watchmakers were famous for their clever mechanical creatures. The robots that you and I know today have only been around for the last 30 years"

Taken from Jared Broad's ALIS report, 1998.

Robot Plans

Way back in 1998, when only a Year 10 (Form Four) student, NRG student Jared Broad designed ALIS....a modern day version of the famous Lost in Space B9 robot.

Download his plans and background report...see the thinking and planning that goes into building ANY robot...(in Plans in PDF format).


Terminator: no match for a Laer Wars pulse rifle

The match for a pulse rifle... READ MORE HERE...


CASI...the Casio FX9750G graphics calculator controlled robot

CASI...the Casio FX9750g graphics calculator controlled robot...READ MORE HERE...


Haiku robots

Michael Fenton, Andrew Hornblow and others helped artist Ian Clothier design a PICAXE robotic system to create an interactive analogue/digital art work for the 'Fresh out of the box' exhibition at Puke Ariki.

The Terrific Teddy - Mikaela Fenton

Mikaela Fenton's Terrific shivers when cold and needs lots of hugs to warm up

New for 2011 - meet Winston, the multi-purpose robot 

 Winston - the DIY multipurpose pixace 08M robot.
Investigate what looks like complex  behaviours that emerge from simple reflexes such as avoiding light or touch.
A great introduction to AI (artificial intelligence) and swarm robots.


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