We use microcontrollers to make Paper Mech creations behave in interesting ways.  Think of a microcontroller as a tiny portable computer that can run motors, read data from sensors, blink lights, and do other things to interact with the environment.   We will introduce a few of the many different kinds of microcontrollers especially suited to beginners and students.  Our focus in this section is to use a microcontroller to run a motor to bring your Paper Mech construction to life.

DIY Microcontrollers

Here are some (low cost) microcontrollers you can build yourself!