12-year-old Rohan Agrawal builds robots

12-year-old Rohan Agrawal is a young Maker who builds robots and tinkers with Atmel-based Arduino boards. According to Mashable, Agrawal spent the last few months at OLogic, a company that has designed robots for both Google and Disney. While there for a summer internship, Agrawal built a ‘bot capable of autonomously delivering bags of potato chips throughout the office.

“I’m self taught,” Agrawal told the publication. “My mom showed me Google once and I was really fascinated by it. I asked her how it works and she told me you use this thing called HTML.”

Agrawal coded his first website by the age of 5, tackled ham radio at 9, joined the Hacker Dojo at 10 and began experimenting with Arduino boards. Soon the young Maker was building small robots boasting basic autonomous capabilities.

“That’s how I got the idea for the autonomous [potato] chip robots,” he said.

“All you have to do is type in a command and it runs a program so it will automatically drive around and randomly select an audience. I’m working on getting it to see if there’s anybody in the room. If there isn’t, it will leave and won’t wait.”

Agrawal is now back at work in his mini-studio, a converted garage with a soldering iron and various electronic items. When he’s not at the studio, the 12-year-old Maker is mentoring others at the Hacker Dojo.

Agrawal’s advice to other young DIY Makers and aspiring engineers?

“If you’re interested in something, don’t be scared to get into it.”

We at Atmel couldn’t agree more couldn’t agree more.

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