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Sparks Robotics Badge


Sparks Throughlines

1. What kinds of ideas and projects catch my attention and make me excited to explore and learn? What concepts and skills would be valuable to me?

2. What steps do I need to take in order to take charge of my own learning?

3. How can I use the resources available to meet my goals?

4. How can I share what I learn with others?

5. How will mastery of a concept or a skill assist my goals?

Badge Design Process


Identify goals


generate ideas










redesign (and repeat 4-7 as necessary)



== Badge Overview ==

(what is the intention of this badge? Why are we doing this? Why is it important?)

Simply put, robots are machines that can sense, think, and/or act. Robots are all around us. In our home, in our community, in our factories, everywhere! This Sparks badge intends to introduce young makers to the concepts relating to robotics in exploring to movement, use, and control. Design, function and programming will be also be examined. This badge connects the importance of understanding the science and technology of robotics with the fun of designing and playing with robots!

== Badge Objectives ==

(what info needs to be acquired, retained, and applied for skill/concept mastery?)


To understand circuitry, programming, and design in relationship to robotics


To experiment with and understand movement, use, and control of robots


To identify the role robots play in science, technology, and media

== Mentor Resources: ==

(websites, etc we have found helpful for supporting mentors in guiding this badge)

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Lessons and Activities to support Sparks Badge Objectives:

'''Note:''' These are activities and resources meant to help facilitate the acquisition and retention of the skill or concept being mastered. They are not, however, mandatory. A dialogue between the Mentor and young hacker can result in a plan to meet the requirements of this badge with the child’s vision as the guide. That may include some or all of the activities below, or it may be designing a new project. The mentor will help to shape the plan so that the child can master the skills through what he or she deems valuable, while still ensuring a comprehensive education in this skill/concept. Keep in mind also that the younger children in Sparks may want or need more guidance, and that the activities listed may serve as a catalyst for the child to gain understanding, insight, and enthusiasm for the concept or skill. Often, beginning with guided activities and working towards a final project that is designed by the child is an effective way to introduce the design thinking process to our smallest makers.

'''Activities are ordered in increasing concept and complexity.'''

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'''Cardboard Robot Arm'''

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'''Brush Bots'''

Best price for a kit (party pack) at

DIY: All you need are toothbrushes, coin batteries and little pager motors.

Check out the full project [ here.]


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DIY Cheap Version using IKEA parts:


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'''Conductive Ink Robots'''

Using conductive ink, LEDs, and a battery, you can make a 2D robot and experiment with circuitry. Adafruit used to sell [ this kit] but it looks like it is discontinued. You can still use the same idea to have the kids draw their robots. They can also add these circuits to 3D robots of paper or etc.

Pro tip: The ink MUST be dry for the circuit to work! Be patient!

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'''Hacked Robot'''

Combine the supplies from the brush bots, spin bots, and cardboard arms to have the kids hack together a robot of their own design.

Pro tip: Instead of a toothbrush, attach the motor and battery to a hot wheel car and watch their creations zoom across the floor!

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'''Scratch and Scratch Jr.'''

Great introductions to drag and drop programming!

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'''Robot Turtles'''

Super fun way to learn the fundamental structure of programming!

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'''Hydraulic Judo Bot Arms'''

Pro tip: This is an amazing project with impressive results, but younger kids may need more time and help. If you need to shorten the project, focus on getting the arm to go up and down.

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'''Learn to Solder Robot Kit'''

Great little kit if your Sparks are ready to learn how to solder!

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'''Push Button Programmable Robot'''

Great kit for connecting programming to robotics, no soldering!

Additional Resources: (any other resources that may be related to the badge skill, but not essential to the objectives)

PBS Design Squad has a nice little section on Robots with some great videos.

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These would be so fun to build as a group project:


Note: these kits are not cheap and some are slightly above this age range. But if you know someone you can borrow them from or if you are interested enough to invest, it is worth letting the kids try them out.

'''Bee Bot'''

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'''Play-i Robots (arriving summer 2015?)'''


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'''Lego Education WeDo'''

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'''These two are for older/more advance kids. May not be appropriate for all Sparks:'''

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'''Lego Robotics'''

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*kits have crossover capability. They can also be used in programming and engineering.

== Share: ==

How can I share my knowledge with others? Did I document my project through notes and/or photos? Did I find an activity or resource that was particularly interesting or helpful?

Mentors will help our Curiosity Hackers finish their badge by sharing the above on our wiki in the appropriate badge section.


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