About Us

We design and build functional Mars Rovers and other custom robots for museums, science centers, and other organizations. I started Beatty Robotics six years ago, when I was 11 years old. My sister Genevieve was 9. When we started out, we didn’t know anything about building robots. We used YouTube and various tech sites to learn how to design a circuit, solder wires, configure servos, machine metal parts, program micro controllers, and all the other skills we needed. At first our robots were crude, but we kept building. We built robots that rolled, robots that crawled, and robots that flew. Our motto is: If you can imagine it, then you can do it –whatever it is. Eventually, our passion for robotics led us to building custom Mars Rovers and other robots for science centers and space museums all over the world. Who needs a paper route when you can start a robotics company, right? 🙂 —Camille Beatty

 

In the workshop with some of my favorite robot projects, including Lunokhod (in hands), Terrabot (back), Aluminalis (on far left), Alumini (left foreground), and Mechatron (right).

 

 

My sister and I in front of our second Mars Rover (which the museum named “Camille”)…

 

 

A few years earlier, my sister and I showing off our work-in-progress on our first robot…

Close up of our first robot…

Comments (46)

  1. Ibraim
    September 4th, 2011

    Great work you are doing with your girls. Congratulations, I hope to have a kid who likes robotics in the future so we can build things together.

  2. Kim Twarozynski
    September 7th, 2011

    Awesome job ladies!!! Love to see girls interested in science and technology. Have you checked out FIRST robotics? Our daughter, Danielle, loves it and it provides her with a lot of opportunities to be creative and compete in an environment with other like minded teenagers. Plus, you get to build huge robots that compete against each other. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Keep up the great work!

  3. Sean
    September 14th, 2011

    Hmm kids taking apart electronics, that is going to be one expensive hobby when there older hehe 😛

    (My self was proof to that )

  4. Ben
    September 18th, 2011

    I have a 3 year old and I’m starting to think about how to get her involved in electronics & programming without pushing her into it. Do you have any general advice about raising curious kids that are interested in building things?

  5. Petah
    September 22nd, 2011

    Your family rocks!

  6. Roger Beaty
    September 24th, 2011

    Hey RB, love your site and what you’re doing with you’re girls! A visitor arrived at my site by searching: New Kensington, Pennsylvania arrived from google.com on “Innovation | SOCIAL3R” by searching for beatty-robotics.
    See blog post about Beatty Robotics and Vacuum Tube Clock: http://social3r.com/2011/09/24/build-your-own-retro-russian-vacuum-tube-clock/

  7. kyle "the yellow dart" smith
    September 24th, 2011

    I just found out my wife is pregnant, and now I can’t wait for my kid to get here so I can start learning all kinds of new awesomeness with them.

    I can only hope my kids are so inquisitive and curious — I think what you’re doing is flat-out AWESOME. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. Dustin
    September 30th, 2011

    Hey, what you are doing with your girls is great. I am glad you are getting them more and more into this field. I love robotics myself and was apart of a FIRST robotics team and now a mentor to it.

    But make sure you begin teaching your girls things that are not soley based on robotics. Teach them life lessons through it. My four years in robotics taught me alot about life and robots.

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  10. Julie Holtan
    October 5th, 2011

    What an inspiration your family is to all families with inquisitive kids! I love that you start with innocent curiousity and really explore it. What wonderful creations are made as a result! Julajay and Lunamoth, you girls rock! Keep asking questions, the results are amazing!

  11. rob2tall
    November 13th, 2011

    AWESOME!
    You girls & guys rock!
    I think you ought to get the department of defense to buy one of these modified to utilize .308 ammunition or even .22..
    Great design and keep dreaming up more stuff!
    Bravo!
    Rob Breisch
    58
    Everett,WA USA

  12. Chetan
    March 27th, 2012

    Awesome, now i have decided to build an robot by taking ideas from this project……congrats

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  17. Yalmaz Mustafa
    April 14th, 2013

    I am so proud of you, Beatty family !

    Thank you very much.

  18. Yalmaz Mustafa
    April 14th, 2013

    I am so proud of you, Beatty family !

    Thank you very much.

  19. SHAHID ANSARI
    May 11th, 2013

    wonderful work u ppls are doing here…i was in search of this kind of work..
    MAY GOD BLESS BEATTY FAMILY.

  20. Olivier belot
    July 2nd, 2013

    Félicitation pour votre travail…c est du très très beau boulot
    Bravo les enfants…..

  21. Robert Beatty
    July 2nd, 2013

    Je vous remercie. Nous l’apprécions. 🙂

  22. LJ
    July 10th, 2013

    Great job! I hope my kids show the same interest yours do when they are a little older.

  23. alberto
    July 29th, 2013

    Parenting done RIGHT!!
    Awesome..

  24. Jim Falbo
    August 12th, 2013

    I teach robotics at Haywood Community College in Waynesville N.C. I loved your video. You girls are an inspiration to woman getting into technology. You are welcome to visit my lab at the High Technology Center anytime.

  25. Catherine Bruder
    August 16th, 2013

    I just heard about this and I am very excited. Being a scientist (turned accountant), it is great to see girls enjoying scientific discovery.

  26. Camille
    August 17th, 2013

    Thanks, Catherine. I appreciate it. 🙂

  27. Lucas Varela
    August 16th, 2013

    Im pretty impressed about those projects you have been doing. Congratulations and keep going!

  28. Alexander Grau
    August 19th, 2013

    Wonderful ‘work’ 🙂 Do your/your girls are interested helping us building a robot lawn mower? We are a few guys who developed a versatile/modular open-source ‘brain’ (Arduino-based) for a robot lawn mower, and we could really need some inspiration for a chassis from someone with CNC skills. Currently, we are using ready chassis and motors from purchased robots, however this project could need a DIY robot (with CNC drawings/plans). Currently, everything is in German, however we are going international soon at a new website.

    Here’s the old website of the project:
    http://grauonline.de/wordpress/?page_id=78

    We would be very happy if you would share our ideas 🙂

    Regards,
    Alexander

  29. Zeeshan
    August 23rd, 2013

    Very impressive stuff guys, keep building and good luck.

  30. James L. Jones
    August 23rd, 2013

    Found your site through the nice write-up at Yahoo. I love the curiosity of the young ladies.
    I was a curious kid. Took apart clocks and things (didn’t have electronics) to see how they worked. Read voraciously. Got books and taught myself electronics in high school.
    Fast forward to today: I will soon retire as a transmitter engineer for UNC-TV.
    Stay curious.

  31. Alyson White (formerly Beatty)
    August 23rd, 2013

    Hello- saw your story on Yahoo today and was shocked to see a Genevieve Beatty cause that is my grandma’s name!
    I wonder if there is any relation! Was Genevieve named after anyone in the family?

  32. Robert Beatty
    August 25th, 2013

    Thanks, everyone. We appreciate all the positive comments! 🙂

  33. Dusty Hung
    October 14th, 2013

    Creating cool blog is not harder than creating good information. But you know that you done both incredibly well. Thank man.

  34. John DiPonio
    November 11th, 2013

    Great to see your projects are going so well! Good job Dad! Eric Condon was talking about the girls bulding robots a couple of weeks ago when I was trying to catch up on what you have been up to. All of a sudden, the FOX broadcast in the science tab was up! Great looking robot! Keep up the fanatastic job girls! The sky is the limit!

    John

  35. Paul Brown
    November 15th, 2013

    Rob, I just discovered you and your family in the current Popular Science Magazine. The article, and discovering you again energized me just as Plexus did in 1995. That your girls are brilliant, inventive, and utterly amazing, is no surprise to me.
    Pushing 92 now, I think about the future of our country and our culture finding much that saddens me. I also find hope and inspiration in technology and talent in young minds like your amazing daughters.

    With best regards,

    Paul and Barbara

  36. lasik san diego chargers
    February 7th, 2014

    Really interesting projetcts! Would you be interested in taking on Robotics projects for private firms?

  37. admin
    February 7th, 2014

    Lasik: Yes, we do build robots for firms and individuals, as well as museums. Use the Contact Us form. Let us know what kind of thing you’re interested in.

  38. Jeremy Cook (@JeremySCook)
    March 8th, 2014

    You guys are located in Asheville? Very cool – I live in Seneca, SC – not too far away. I thought your Aluminalis was a really excellent build – I’ve actually been working on something based on the same linkage system here: http://www.jcopro.net/2014/03/08/four-leg-mountainbeest/

    I don’t suppose you guys will be making an appearance at the NC Maker Faire or the Columbia, SC maker faire? I’m debating going to or possibly showing at one or both.

  39. Camille
    March 8th, 2014

    Jeremy: Thank you. Hello to Seneca! Unfortunately, we won’t be going to the NC Maker Faire.

  40. Troy
    August 27th, 2014

    Have you guys looked into soft robotics? McKibben air muscles might be fun!

  41. Camille
    August 28th, 2014

    No, we’ve not looked into McKibben air muscles yet, but we’ll check it out. 🙂

  42. Pat A.
    September 8th, 2014

    Maybe the cutest machinists ever. Good job, mom and dad!

  43. ChitChat
    May 20th, 2015

    Y’all truly _did_ build that!

    btw, in the workshop blog section of your site, only page 1 displays in Firefox. Going to pages 3 or 4 shows their url in the address bar, but page 1 still displays.
    I’m curious about your first projects, because the amazing thing, to me, is that you started all this from nothing. Most people would assume something like this begins as a time off project of someone already working as an industrial engineer, but you show that what mattered was personal character.

  44. Manfred Moser
    April 27th, 2016

    Always interesting to see what you guys are working on. Very impressive. I envy you for your Tormach, though.

  45. Camille
    April 27th, 2016

    Thank you. Yes, the Tormach is a truly awesome machine. Love it.

  46. Mohamed wahied
    February 18th, 2017

    Impressed, Everyone around you should be proud being in your life

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