The Robot Unicorn is a DIY coding and crafting kit that Helen Leigh invented to give children a simple, quirky and fun introduction to physical computing. It uses a pair of BBC micro:bits and some continuous rotation servo motors to teach gesture control, radio and simple motor control.
The body of the Robot Unicorn is made by Helen in her makerspace, from laser cutting the parts to 3D printing the horns. It is a limited edition kit, with a small number made available every Christmas. Helen also has a small herd of Robot Unicorns that have been raced in London’s Science Museum, the V&A Museum and at education events around the UK.
Helen also collaborated on a version of the Robot Unicorn with leather artist Riina O (https://www.riinao.com/). They worked together to make a fully functional handmade leather Robot Unicorn with custom leather Micro:Bit glove, the result of which has been exhibited in Design and Robotics events across Europe.
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