How To Build an Artbotics Kit

Basic Kit | Cricket Car | Optional | Project Materials


Basic Kit Inventory List

Super Cricket Gleason Research

Microprocessor that requires four AA batteries to run. The Cricket will run programs (written in Cricket Logo) downloaded to it via the IR beamer. It can control four lights and DC motors simultaneously (or eight of them in pairs), six sensors, eight servo motors, and has two BUS ports for other hardware (such as the LED display).
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USB IR Beamer Gleason Research

A USB cable connects this to your computer. Programs written in Cricket Logo are sent to your Super Cricket through this using infrared signals.
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USB A-B Cable Gleason Research

Connects the IR Beamer to the computer.
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Sharp IR Distance Sensor (pre-assembled) - Gleason Research

Measures the distance between it and a surface, from 10 to 80 cm. It converts the distance measurement to a value in range from 0 - 255 for the Cricket.
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Snap Action Switch Gleason Research

Activated when pushed. It sends a true or false value to the Cricket.
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Photocell Light Sensor (pre-assembled) - Gleason Research

Sensor that reads the light value of its surroundings. It sends a value that ranges from 0 - 255 to the Cricket.
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4-Digit LED Display Gleason Research

Displays up to four characters (numbers, letters, or any combination of the seven light segments). Commonly used to display sensor values. Plugs into the Cricket's BUS port.
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Servo Motor Tower Hobbies

Rotates to specific angles within about 170 degrees. Programmed using a range of 0 - 255.
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DC Motor Pololu

Rotates continuously. It can be programmed to turn in either direction and its power level can be set. Click here for an assembly guide
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DC Motor Head Pololu

Attaches to the DC motor
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Clear Bulbs Kelvin

Light that can be turned on or off. Power/brightness level can also be set.
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Green Bulbs Kelvin

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Red Bulbs Kelvin

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Yellow Bulbs Kelvin

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Bulb Socket Kelvin

Connects to wires in order to be powered and a light bulb screws in
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White Cricket Jumper Digi-Key

Plugs into the 2- and 3-prong housings. Any hardware that attaches to the Cricket uses these jumpers.
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2-Prong Housing Digi-Key

Takes two Cricket jumpers and plugs into the Cricket. Lights and DC motors require these.
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Power Supply Digi-Key

The opposite end is cut, split, stripped, and then wired into the Cricket to power it.
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AA Batteries Batteries and Butter

Four powers one Cricket
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Storage Box US Plastics

All items listed are stored here
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Cricket Car Materials


Click here for instructions on how to build a Cricket Car

Quantities listed are per car unless otherwise specified


Robot Chassis RRC04A - Pololu

Laser-cut, 5-inch base of acrylic plastic

(choice of color)
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100:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor - Pololu

Small, low current motor with 100:1 metal gear box.
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Ball Caster with 3/8" Metal Ball - Pololu

Small ball caster for support and stability.
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Wheel 42x19mm Pair - Pololu

Pair of white plastic wheels with black tires
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Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Extended Pair - Pololu

Pair of brackets used to mount the Micro Metal Gearmotors
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White Cricket Jumper Digi-Key

Plugs into the 2- and 3-prong housings. Any hardware that attaches to the Cricket uses these jumpers.
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2-Prong Housing Digi-Key

Takes two Cricket jumpers and plugs into the Cricket. Lights and DC motors require these.
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Plastic Standoffs - McMaster-Carr

1.25" length, holds Cricket on car
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Hex Nuts - McMaster-Carr

Each car requires 4 nuts, sold in packs of 100 (make sure to select thread size 4-40, width 1/4", height 3/32", item number 90480A005)
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Pen Spacer - McMaster-Carr

Each car requires 2 spacers, sold in packs of 100 (5/16")
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Pen Screw - McMaster-Carr

Each car requires 2 screws, sold in packs of 100 (2-56 thread; 1.25" height)
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Pen Nut - McMaster-Carr

Each car requires 2 nuts, sold in packs of 100 (2-56 thread; 1/16" height; 3/16" width)
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Pen Holder - Ponoko

Each car requires 2 holders (1 top and 1 bottom), ordered in sets of 6, 12, or 18. Files must be uploaded to Ponoko to order, cut from 1/4" acrylic. Click here for ordering instructions.
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Fine Line Markers - Crayola

The pen holders are designed to hold Crayola Fine Line Markers. Pack of 10.
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Optional wheels with encoders

Wheel 42x19mm Pair with Encoders and Brackets - Pololu

Pair of wheels with encoders and brackets for mounting
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Optional Components

More Sensors

Sharp IR Distance Sensor (unassembled) Acroname

Click here for an assembly guide
 
2.2K Resistor Digi-Key

Attaches to a sharp IR sensor
 
Black Cricket Jumper Digi-Key

 
Red Cricket Jumper Digi-Key

 
Photocell Sensor (unassembled)

Click here for an assembly guide
 
3-Prong Housing Digi-Key

Takes up to three Cricket Jumpers connected to a sensor and plugs into the cricket
 
Reed Switch Gleason Research

Switch that is activated by a magnetic connection
 
IR Reflective Sensor - Gleason Research

Short range pre-assembled sensor that detects light reflections
 
Temperature Sensor - Gleason Research

Can sense temperatures from 0 - 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Sends a value that ranges from 0 - 255 to the Cricket.
 

More Servo Motors

Deluxe Servo Motor Tower Hobbies

Bigger, stronger servo

Metal Gear Servo - Tower Hobbies

Higher torque/more powerful servo

Ball Bearing Servo - Tower Hobbies

Lasts longer than the traditional servo

 

Other Optional Materials

Cricket Plug/Wire Kit - Gleason Research

Comes with ten pre-crimped wires, five 2-prong housings, and five 3-prong housings.
 
Cricket Light Bulb - Gleason Research

Pre-assembled bulb (image coming soon)
 

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Project Materials

2.5 Dimensional Project

This project involves each student/participant building a 2.5D (not quite 2D, not quite 3D) kinetic sculpture that uses foam core as its base with the materials in the basic kit. Quantities shown are per project unless otherwise noted.

3/16" Foam Board Pearl Paint

Serves as a backing or base board for each project. Comes in 20"x30" sheets but can be cut in half to be used for two projects.
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Craft Foam Sheets Discount School Supply

Package of 100 thin 5"x8" colored foam sheets. Can be used for multiple projects.
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Craft Foam Pieces Discount School Supply

Package of various shapes and sizes of thin colored foam. Can be used for multiple projects.
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Masking Tape Discount School Supply

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Rubber Cement Discount School Supply

Good adhesive for connecting pieces of foam together. Best used by applying cement to both surfaces, allowing them to dry partially, and then press together.
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Steel Galvanized Wire Plumber Surplus

Stiff yet malleable wire that can be attached to servo motor heads or anywhere else the project calls for. One package is enough for about 20 projects.
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Craft Pliers Joann Fabrics

Used to bend and cut steel wire.
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X-acto Knife Joann Fabrics

Used for cutting and shaping foam. Best used with another piece of foam underneath the piece you which to cut.
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