It is no secret that you can try all kinds of fun projects with the right LEGO kits. anoukwipprecht has published a guide that shows you how to build mechatronic wings using a LEGO Mindstorms EV3. These wings can be programmed and animated.
You are going to need a EV3 brick, rechargeable battery, infrared sensor, motors, and other parts to get started. More information is available on Instructables.