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Flickr use JesterVineo posted this video of the adorable Noah (his son) explaining their CoasterBot. See, robots are so easy, even a small child, a really precocious, adorable child, can figure them out. Go, Noah (and Jamie, who’s also working on the project)!


Noah’s and Jamie’s robot components: Arduino Nano v3, L293D motor driver, AnyVolt Micro DC-DC (switching) converter, GWS S35 STD continuous rotation servo, Sharp GP2D120 IR sensor, rechargable batteries 4.8-6V


Use of ShapeLock and Shrinky Dink plastic to create servo motor mounts.

Have you started building your CoasterBot yet? There’s still plenty of time. See the Make: Robot Build landing page for contest details. And if you’re working on your bot, post pics to the MAKE Flickr pool (and don’t forget to use the “coasterbot” tag).


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. JesterVineo says:

    It’s pretty cool to have your son show up in your RSS reader! Noah, his brother Jamie, and I are having a blast building our robot. You can expect to see more pictures soon. By the way, the kids want me to mention that the name of the robot is HUL-10 (pronounced Julio).

  2. ugabuggy says:

    Tell Noah that his aunt Julie is so proud of him! Seriously, watch for more pictures and projects…BOTH Noah and his brother Jamie are little boy geniuses…so are their parents. I don’t know any other kids who knew the periodic table by heart before the age of 6.

  3. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Hey JesterVineo, aunt Julie, Noah, Jamie, er… and HUL-10. I updated the posting to include Jamie. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Lookin’ good so far!

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