What do you get when you put colorful pens in the clutches of a buzzing, spinning robot? A SpinBot! With the MAKE: Spinbot Kit, you can build a triple-armed, pen- or chalk-grasping “robot” that spins in circles and draws elaborate geometric shapes while you watch. The kit is the brainchild of Christopher Myers and Anne Mayoral who form ArtBot Toys, a company that aims to introduce kids to science and technology. Chris and Anne have attended multiple Maker Faires, where their SpinBots never fail to draw a crowd.
Assembly is easy and takes about 30 minutes, making it a great parent-child project. While kids are having fun making colorful art, they’ll learn about electronics and geometry. Each kit includes laser-cut acrylic parts, rubber bands, a motor, battery holder, and power switch. All you need to start making robotic art are batteries, pens, and paper.