BEAM BOT is modeled after small BEAM projects where parts are soldered to each other, but such projects are difficult to assemble.
BEAM Bot uses a standard Printed Circuit Board (PCB) as the frame thus making it easier to assemble.
BEAM stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. BEAM Bot uses a special electronic circuit called a “Miller solar engine” which uses sunlight to imitate life.
This kit provides the electronic parts and printed circuit board to build one kit. The assembled kit is approximately 2 x 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 x 5 cm).|
Additional tools required (Click here to see Brian’s soldering tool recommendations):
• Eye protection
• Electronics soldering iron and solder
• Circuit board holder
• Wire cutters
• Long-nose / Flat-nose pliers
• Masking tape or electrical tape
By building this kit, students learn about
• Electronics soldering
• Solar energy
• Use of voltage supervisor IC’s
• Use of transistors
• BEAM Bot is not designed to move very far. Instead, it is designed to simulate a biological response to sunlight. As the name implies, the solar cell works best with sunlight, but you can also use incandescent light (something with a filament). BEAM Bot may not respond to cell phone or LED flashlights.
• A PCB fuse clip is used to hold the vibration motor in place. Over time, the motor may shift inside the clip and need to be re-centered.