Welcome to Makerlab

To be creative and Innovative!

With the enabling fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and embedded systems, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) or rapid prototyping of innovative ideas is becoming more accessible than ever before.  MakerLab is an initiative launched by the Department of Computer Science to bring together students of any discipline who are interested in prototyping and making.  We aim to create an environment for students to turn their innovative ideas into reality. At MakerLab, students can learn and explore the state-of-the-art technologies, tools and skills, and to work collaboratively for idea incubation and implementation.  

The mission of MakerLab is to nurture and foster creativity and innovation of students in Hong Kong. We believe that making in a collaborative environment will promote the culture of innovation. Through the process of making, not only that students can acquire various practical technological skills but also that they can develop the many valuable traits, such as patience, persistence, perseverance, openness, etc., for problem-solving. 

If you like making and prototyping, this is the place for you. Tell us your idea, we help you to make it happen. You can find our 3D models in Thingiverse and YouMagine to make the things we present.

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Tortobot STEM Robot Kit is an inexpensive educational material designed by us for students to learn programming and robotics. The kit includes electronics and 3D printed models. The electronic components can be purchased from online stores such as amazon, taoboa, and ebay. Students build the robot and develop an Android app to control it. The teaching notes of writing the Android app is free to distribute and can be downloaded here.  The source code of the tortobot is also open. It is available on github.  3D printed STL model files are available here. This kit is perfect for holding a 3 hour STEM workshop. Contacts us if you're interested to use in your school, we can offer you advice.

The kit includes followings components:

  • 1 Atmel ATmega328P Developer Board - HuaDuino
    • built-in battery charging circult
    • Arduino Nano Compatible
  • 1 CC2540 Bluetooth BLE module
  • 4 of Tower Pro 9g servo
  • 1 of 3.7V 18650 lithium-ion battery
  • 1 of du-point wire
  • 1 of battery metallic spring wire
  • a set of 3D printed plastic models
  • some M2x6 tapping screws

TortoBot is our 3D printed robot kit for STEM education. It is designed particularly to have very few 3D printed body parts so that students and teachers can 3D-print them in relatively short time. It is powered by low cost common  Arduino electronics. Thus, the whole set is very cost effective and affordable by students .  We open the Arduino program source code for students to learn the robot  programming logic. Students can also develop their own Android app to control the robot. 

 Assembly Steps