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At the forefront of the Maker Movement is the “do-it-yourself” (DIY) and the idea of finding new ways and solutions, dealing creatively with materials and sharing these experiences with others.

Let your ideas run free and design your own robot variants

Be creative and design your individual robot. On the site you will find numerous ideas and suggestions to help you get started. Have fun trying it out.

The Bionics4Education educational concept aims to promote individualisation and project work. To this end, the Bionics Kits can be used to support project-based learning. For example, the Bionics Kits can be used to create individual projects and own extensions using 3D printing technology.

3D Printing
3D printing is a big issue for young people worldwide. That’s why we want to offer an opportunity for young people to deal with this topic in a creative and individual way. Experimenting with different materials should encourage the young people’s joy of experimentation.

Open Source approach
We want to support learners by making the CAD data freely available on the website (Support) and on GitHub for further development. We want to inspire and give impulses to realize own ideas, to become creative and to dare to try things out with simple tools.

Below are a few examples from the maker community for inspiration. We are looking forward to many more project ideas from you….

Bionics Kit - Bionic Fish, Bionic Elephant, Bionic Chameleon

DIY Hand

Alternatively, instead of the silicone cap used on the Bionic Chameleon, users can now recreate a DIY Hand inspired by the human hand. This is attached to the body using cable ties that are connected to the servo motors to create the hand movement. The Bionic Hand is modeled after the human hand. However, it only has four fingers, as only four servo motors were included in the Bionics Kit.

The idea for the DIY Hand came from Dutchy3D in the Netherlands.

The 3D printing data can be found under Support

DIY 3-Point-Gripper

As an alternative to the 2-point gripper used for gripping the Bionic Elephant, you now have the option of developing a 3-point gripper yourself. This requires three Fin Ray elements and a base plate from the 3D printer.

The idea came from our developers in the Bionics4Education project team at Festo Didactic SE.

The 3D printing data can be found under Support

Further activities: Sensors

Find out from Mauritz Fethke, a tinkerer and DIY enthusiast, what other possibilities there are for making the Bionic Fish even “smarter” with the help of sensors.

Let yourself be inspired!

Note: The videos are currently only available in German.

Further activities: Coding

A female maker from our network, Laurine Vernizeau, has developed great maker (DIY) project ideas with the Bionic Fish, Bionic Elephant, Bionic Chameleon from the Bionics Kit together with our developers. There are three projects per robot animal. Just have a look at the videos. You can find the code for coding the projects on GitHub

DIY Projects – Fish

Maker Ideas with the Bionics Kit – Bionic Fish

Level 1

A little heart The heart of the fish is represented by a red LED. This LED flashes at the rate of the learner’s heartbeat given by the sensors.

Level 2

Cycle-of-the-day This scenario recreates the fish’s behavior for one day. This behavior depends, on the one hand, on the temperature and, on the other hand, on the luminosity. We define different modes: day/night and cold/hot.

Level 3

Swimming Competition The objective is to make the fish swim as fast as possible. For a period of time, each learner can test different combinations with the different sensors (gestures, color and touch) in order to find the combination that makes the fish move fastest. The learner with the highest speed wins.

Level 1

Adaptability of the trunk The trunk of elephants is used to breathe, to drink, catch fruit, communicate, etc. The movements of the trunk are numerous. The learner can create several behaviors depending on the luminosity and temperature.

Level 2

Temperature The elephant’s trunk is very much used by the animal. For example, the elephant uses its trunk to bring water to its mouth.

Level 3

Colored Fruit Each learner chooses a color of balls. In turn, one student positions his ball in the middle of the clamps and presses the button to close the clamps. A color is chosen at random by the program. If the color of the ball matches the color chosen, then the learner wins. Otherwise, the trunk makes a movement of disgust.

DIY Projects – Elephant

Maker Ideas with the Bionics Kit – Bionic Elephant

DIY Projects – Chameleon

Maker Ideas with the Bionics Kit – Bionic Chameleon

Level 1

Camouflage The chameleon is known for its ability to change color. To escape from predators, it hides in the wild and adapts to the color around it.

Level 2

Environment This scenario reflects the chameleon’s ability to change colors according to its environment. The environment depends on the temperature, luminosity, and the presence of predators (here, it’s the learner).

Level 3

Food Every learner has an object. There is a push button to activate the vacuum of an object. The student puts his object in front of the tongue and presses the button. So, the chameleon vacuums the object. After a delay, either the chameleon rejects the object, or the chameleon keeps the object and the LED green lights. In this case, the learner has won and earns a point.

Bionic Flower

Further activities: Coding

You can also program our Bionic Flower yourself. Therefore, you don’t need any long installation. You can download the Arduino Portable version with all necessary and pre-installed settings. We also have prepared some basic DIY-project ideas for an easy start with coding our Bionic Flower. You find all instructions here or on GitHub

DIY Bowl

Create your own bowl for the Bionic Flower. As an alternative to the supplied bowl, you can also consider for yourself whether there are other ways to design and construct an individually designed bowl. Let yourself be inspired by our proposal.

The idea came from our developers in the Bionics4Education project team at Festo Didactic SE.

The 3D printing data can be found under Support

Maker Movement

Maker projects

At the forefront of the Maker Movement is the “Do it Yourself (DIY)” and the idea of finding new ways and solutions, dealing creatively with materials and sharing these experiences with others. Bionics4Education takes this approach and combines Maker Education and STEM Education, in that, beyond assembly, learners can individually design and expand the Bionic Flower using, for example, 3D printers, other materials, hardware and software.

Own ideas individually and creatively implemented

If you are interested in sharing your ideas with the Bionics4Education community, please send us an email with your ideas and suggestions. Send an Email to: bionic4education@festo.com