Robotics: Kinetic robot arms

Create your own moving robotic arm in this 5-hour workshop.

Produced by the City of Sydney

Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

If you’ve ever felt like you need an extra hand, this workshop is for you. Explore prototyping, mechanical construction, laser-cutting, and the creative use of electronics to build your own moving robotic arm.

In this 5-hour workshop, you’ll design and laser-cut your own parts to make a robotic arm. Then learn how build and incorporate the electronic circuitry and complex components needed to get it going. It will even be able to grasp objects.

What you’ll learn

  • Basic robotic principles and prototyping and mechanical techniques
  • Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can be added to your sculpture to create movement and interactivity
  • Incorporating Arduino microcontrollers and more complex electronic components. Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that can control a variety of sensors and components including fans and motors
  • Laser-cutting, including how to prepare designs in Adobe Illustrator.

What you’ll get to take home

  • Your very own moving robot arm.

Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in electronics, robotics and prototyping would be beneficial
Wear: No loose-fitting clothing or jewellery and enclosed shoes
Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us on 02 9265 9333.

Facilitator: Tully Arnot

Tully is a visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Design and Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design and is also an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.



Saturday 14 December 2019 from 11am to 4pm


Adult: $150.00
Concession: $120.00

Accessibility services

  • Mobility access
  • Hearing loop

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