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Updated: Jun 3, 2020

“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, math and engineering.” How about designing an artistic robot which scribbles as you always used to do. Artbot is easy to use, easy to make, and low-cost DIY constructions. This activity teaches us to create an Artbot using vibrating or offset motors that are readily available.


Artbot is a wobbly robot that creates art. Making an Artbot is a fun way to learn the basics of creating a simple circuit with a switch. Artbot is made from simple materials and is based on the idea of motion created by a little motor.


  • Low Voltage DC Motor

  • Plastic cup

  • Electrical Tape

  • Battery Holder

  • AAA Batteries

  • Colorful markers

  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. Turn the cup upside down and Stick the motor onto the cup using the glue gun at one side

  2. Glue the battery holder to the other side of the motor

  3. Connect the holder and the motor end to end, positive to negative along with the switch

  4. For the bot’s legs, tape at least three markers around the rim of the cup, pointing down

  5. Add googly eyes, pipe cleaners, bells—whatever pleases your small person

  6. Place your robot on a white paper and switch it on

Learning Opportunity:

  • Electricity flow is generated by linking electrical components together

  • The two thin wires attached to the Motor and the battery holder act as ‘+’ and ‘-’ pole

  • When the two poles are connected to the battery having the same two poles -> electricity is generated and it starts

  • An Art Bot is a motorized device that moves in strange ways and leaves a mark to trace its path

  • A robot is a mechanical device that is capable of doing a variety of tasks

  • The robot has energy from the motor that makes it move its parts

  • An Art Bot is a robot that can draw

Time Required: 20 minutes

Cost: < $10



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