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Hands-On for Kids: DIY Mini Pets

  • Museum of Design Atlanta 1315 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 USA (map)

Ages 5 and up

Have you ever dreamed of your perfect pet? Do you want a chance to create it? Join us for an afternoon of robotic fun as we create our own mini pets!

Before grabbing DC motors and batteries, we’ll use the design thinking process to imagine the type of pets we want to create - from what habitats they live in, what they look like, and how they should move to be successful in their environments. Next, we’ll move to sketching our pets. Using MODA’s Design Cart, we’ll grab materials to put our pets together, and pay close attention to how battery and motor placement can affect the balance and functionality of our robotic friends. Through investigation, we’ll test how our robotic pets move, how that may change depending on what surface their own, and what materials we use for its legs.

Afterwards, every young designer will be able to take their own pet home for more iterative fun!

Skills Learned:

  • How motors and batteries work

  • Design Thinking process

  • Experimentation, Invention and Prototyping using robotics


$35 for MODA Members/ $40 for Non-Members

Please note member discounts apply only to MODA Sustaining Membership levels beginning at $8/month or $96/year and above. For more information about memberships or to join, visit or contact

Meet Your Instructor

Adriana Quispe, Design Educator

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Adriana has a passion for incorporating design thinking into classrooms. At MODA, you can find Adriana innovating and managing the museum's free membership program for kids, Design Club, or supporting year-round campMODA initiatives from ideation to execution. With expertise in LEGO robotics, Adriana loves teaching user centered design to young budding designers.  

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per camp. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event.

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Exemption Notice

This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.

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