Tools to use
Wear gloves and googles, wear a long sleeeved shirt and long pants. While tearing stuff apart one does not want to disassemble one's own body parts. I once got a sliver in my eye .... wowser ... did that hurt. Hot plastic and metal can flip in the air. Cannabilizing devices can be make quite a mess... so don't do it on mum's favourite table.
A variable speed dremel can be quite handy to saw through plastic and metal. Slower speeds on electric tools is generally safer.
Printers have great parts in them ... gears , motors , shafts , bearings , power supplies
Here are some photos
Scanners have great parts for starting a #D printer project. They have optics as well... mirrors, lenses
VCRs have all sorts of weird mechanical assemblies
Floppy Drives , Hard Drives
Hard Drives have great magnets in them ( NeoDymium )
Floppy Drives have motors , gears , sensors, .......
Ideas for the Future
== gather some ( salvage ) common robotic electronics and dissect them
== demonstrate common elements of robots
make a kit
== put together video of robots in action
long on action… short on words
sea going diving
== simulation software
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