Blanchardstown Library 3 Day Workshop

Welcome to RoboJAM!


In this three day workshop we will use an Arduino to build a robot and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way.

This is what the robot will look like roughly : (you are welcome to build it however you like or add in parts)


The robot build is broken down into stages. Before you actually build the robot you will connect each individual sensor to the Arduino, and understand how it works, before moving on.

The same goes for the motors. You will connect one motor, learn how to drive it forwards and backwards, and then add the second motor. Then the things you learned from this stage will be used to get the robot moving when you actually build it.

Each stage has its own blog post. Here is the order we will go in:


How A Breadboard Works

Introduction to Arduino IDE

Adding an LED and blinking it

Adding the Infrared Sensor

Using IF/ELSE statements to blink an LED

Adding the ultrasonic sensor

Building the robot

Driving motors using the Arduino and L239D

Controlling Robot Using the Infrared Sensor

Adding PWM Speed Control

Controlling robot using ultrasonic sensor

Robot Death Match

HC-05 bluetooth remote control example 1

HC-05 hand wave remove control




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6 Responses to Blanchardstown Library 3 Day Workshop

  1. shane says:

    Got a question ? Leave a comment here

  2. Caitriona says:

    Rory really loved the class and would love to build another robot at home with his little brother. What parts do we need and where can we get them?

    • Hi There,
      Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. The parts are available from any of the popular low-cost chinese sites like or In terms of what parts are required, I’ll put together a parts list and make a blog post explaining what to search for. Once that’s done I’ll let you know by replying to this post. I will also have some kits for sale in the next week or so.

      Kind regards,

    • Hi Catriona,

      I’ve written a blog post about where you can order the parts from. You can check it out here.

      I’ve also got some more kits in stock which you can look at here .

      Let me know if you need a hand with anything.


      • Caitriona says:

        That’s perfect. Thanks for putting this together. Once we get back from holidays I’ll order some parts and we will start building.

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