Create a Robot

Create your own artistic robot with Arduino!

In this 2-part course, you will learn how to build a cool robot and make it move under your control, using the popular Arduino board.

Your robot can roam, shake its head or wave its arms. You can tell it where to go and how to behave by using a remote control. You can also customize it with a new head, arms or body — or make it do more things, like blink LED lights or play sounds.

This hands-on course is led by multimedia innovator Fabrice Florin and software designer Edward Janne, who also taught our Arduino classes last year. Though this is primarily a tech class, we include creative tips from our popular Maker Art classes, where our students learn to make their own animated creatures.

For this class, we created a special robot kit with over 140 parts, including a Feather M0 Arduino for the robot, an Pro Micro board for the remote, 5 motors, batteries, a custom chassis and more.

For more details, check out our student guide, our course slides and our photo album for this class.

No experience necessary. Maximum class size is 10 students. Students ages 13 to 18 can enroll if a parent also enrolls — or with instructor’s prior approval. After completing this class, you can extend your skills and build your own projects by signing up for the Maker Club workshops.

Our last course took place on two successive Thursdays, September 21 and 28, from 6 to 9pm. The cost was $180 for two evening sessions of 3 hours each. All materials were included: students took their robot home after the class ended (a $75 value).

We have no immediate plans to teach another robot class at Tam Makers, but check our Classes page for other interesting courses this semester. You might also be interested in the longer Robot World class we’re teaching this fall at the Lycée Français.

We hope to see you soon!


This short video shows our first prototypes in action. These animated characters can roam around, shake their heads and flap their wings, under user control. This is the same robot kit we will use for this class, and we will give you a variety of figures and body parts to choose from for your own robot.