Getting to Know Mr. Two Eyes

I was looking for a way to make a vibration robot from salvaged electrical components. I wanted the bot to simply vibrate across a surface and  wanted his electrical hook up to look tidy.  I made his body from a capacitor and soldered 4 resistors on for his legs. Note: It’s not necessary for all of his legs to touch the ground, in fact, he will tend to move more erratically if just 3 legs are in contact. 

I hot glued a small motor to the top of the capacitor, gluing a small object to the shaft to help wobble the bot. I then soldered the positive and negative leads to a coin cell battery holder.

I was able to hot glue two google eyes onto the motors leads (use just a little hot glue as too much will melt the back of the plastic eye). I think he’s quite attractive. Don’t you?

What Has 2 Eyes and 4 Legs?

There are many ways to recycle the fans from unwanted electronics. Here’s one way our class gave new life to a supply of dusty fans. Simply break off 3 blades: the blades must be consecutive to create the wobble.  After removing the stickers from the fans (this would help the hot glue hold better), we attached a 9volt battery and a battery cap. We attached our wires to the correct leads from the fan and wrapped them in heat shrink.  A small alligator clip was attached to the positive lead to create a handy on/off connector.

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Hot Rods from E-Waste

CRES students in computer lab’s “Hot Rods from E-Waste” class made great use of electronic waste. These photos feature a sampling of their work. Their vehicles will be displayed on October 10th at the Rotary Club’s DogFest3. This event features “Vettes & Pets” and is co-sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Corvette Club. The event takes place in Rancho Murieta at Stonehouse Dog Park, 11am – 3pm.

Getting kids prepared for working with electronics by providing them with electronic waste is a wonderful way to encourage creativity and spark invention. Kids become incredibly inspired when given the tools necessary to take things apart to see what’s inside that makes them “tick”.

hot rods made from electronic waste

A sampling of e-waste vehicles.

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