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Class Robot

Hummingbird aWhat could make the eyes of a classroom full of kids light up more than a period of robot-making? Hummingbird Robotics Kit can get kids excited and interested in science, programming and technology by letting them make simple robots, like a cardboard dinosaur that waves when you get near. The kit was developed with Tom Lauwers and Illah Nourbakhsh at Carnegie Mellon University and includes a variety of sensors, actuators and motors as well as a circuit board with a powerful microcontroller that can be programmed by the students. The site adds a slew of suggestions, tutorials, lesson plans and even help writing a grant application. The only thing the $200 Hummingbird Kit doesn’t include is the creativity and imagination needed to build a project like this. But, the students should have more than enough of that.

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