Books have always been a beacon of knowledge for teaching young minds various concepts about life and learning. Robotics is a futuristic science and will dominate the job market in the near future. Getting the kids interested in this field is easier when they are young as their minds are capable of absorbing new knowledge at a much faster rate. As one says, “A new green twig can be easily bent in any direction”.
We at Moonpreneur thought of a few books that are both interesting and knowledgeable for your kid to fall in love with Robotics.
1. Welcome To Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz (2013)
For Ages 4 and above
Rated 4.34 out of 5 on Goodreads, this book has been designed and written by Viviane Schwarz to arouse the interest of Robotics in a kid’s mind by using the most fun-filled methods possible.
Welcome To Your Awesome Robot is a part-comic book, part-craft book, and part manual and through this book, a child learns to make a robot out of a cardboard box by going through easy peasy step-by-step instructions which show them how to give their robot features.
This book is a fun way to jump-start a child’s creativity and provide them with the inspiration, the space, and the practical advice to enable them to make something of their own, as per their vision.
2. Make Your First Robot – Robotics Programming for Beginners by Vineesh Kumar K K (2017)
For Ages 8 and above
This book written by an Indian author Vineesh Kumar K K costs just $7.99 on the Amazon marketplace but is inexpensive in knowledge. The usage of simple vocabulary makes it easier for the students to understand in order to build and program their first robot using Arduino.
The book starts with an introduction and detailed explanation of the hardware and software required to build and program the robots. The concepts are explained with simple analogies. Book consists of detailed explanations of the functionalities and programming of each hardware component that is to be used including the process to integrate all the hardware components and programs to make a fully functional mini Path-finder and Robotic Arm has been explained.
This book teaches kids how to use inexpensive components to build these robots and allows the imagination to flourish in the minds of kids.
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3. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Programming Robots (2014)
For Ages 10 and above
Over the years designers and writers have tried various approaches to make things captivating for the upcoming eager-to-learn young minds. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is designed to not be just a book but also an instruction manual with step-by-step instructions given making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots.
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide a child needs to make their first robot. One begins with the basics and then proceeds to build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming.
This book guides children to work on a series of increasingly sophisticated robots and will show them the techniques related to working with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks.
4. Arduino Robot Bonanza – Gordon McComb (2013)
For Ages 12 and above
Gordon McComb has designed a masterpiece in the field of Robotics, his book Arduino Robot Bonanza caters to children who do not have prior knowledge of advanced electronics or programming skills and teaches them to build autonomous robots using ordinary tools and common parts.
Arduino Robot Bonanza is an easy-to-follow, fully illustrated guide that teaches children how to wire a robot up and program a robot’s brain, as well as add unique technicalities to it. Projects that one can design using this book are Teachbot, Musical Tunebot, Remote-Controlled Telebot, a slithering snakelike robot, and a robotic arm.
The book Arduino Robot Bonanza teaches a child how to:
- Get started on the Arduino board and software
- Build a microcontroller-based brain
- Hook up high-tech sensors and controllers
- Write and debug powerful Arduino apps
- Navigate by walking, rolling, or slithering
- Write a Program your ‘bot to react and explore on its own
- Add remote control and wireless video
- Generate sound effects and synthesized speech
- Develop functional robot arms and grippers
5. Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal – Jordan D. Brown (2005)
For Ages 12 and above
Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal written by Jordan D. Brown is a biography of a women’s adventures in science and how robotics became her field of study and passion.
This book has been rated 4.25 out of 5 on Goodreads and for a good reason. As every child needs an inspiration, an icon to look up to and pursue their dreams, this book tells the story of a child who drew her imagination from robots in movies and went on to become one of MIT’s well-known roboticists and a scientist who designs, builds, and experiments with robots. An inspiring and motivating story of a curious, sports-loving girl who went on to become a world-class roboticist to create marvels which look straight out of a science fiction movie.
This book serves as an inspiration for millions of kids who wish to pursue their dream to become successful in the field of robotics engineering.
So here you go, our curated list of books for you and your little genius. Stock up your bookshelves with these five highly recommended books and see your child use their imagination to create amazing things and in the process fall in love with Robotics.
Bonus Read: Moonpreneur’s Treasure Hunt Robotics Storybook cum Workbook
We at Moonpreneur encourage our students to read and thus, we have written and designed a storybook for kids called Treasure Hunt with two amazing tales of adventure and learning to help kids develop a better understanding of Robotics.