We have been working hard over the last few months to help us answer the common question that we have in some of our workshops. 'Can I keep this robot?'.
Introducing our Build, Code & Keep robot, this robot is designed for you to take home and continue to explore its capabilities.
We wanted to build a robot that embodies the philosophy of our DIY workshops, that's why we opted for the timber base and 3D printed castor wheel.
The circuit board has been custom designed, the board is designed to sit on an Arduino in the standard shield configuration. The wiring is designed to be easy for young hands.
The board includes an onboard buzzer and LED lights which can be controlled programmatically.
The LCD display provides students with a great way to get feedback from the robot, we've added a number of features into the software to make scrolling text and altering the backlight settings really easy.
We decided to go with 6AA batteries for 9V to ensure the motors had plenty of zip, this robot can really move!
Finally the Ultrasonic is a must have, this lets us sense the outside world and respond to it.
We wanted the robot to be accessible to all students, so we have made extensions to mBlock (Scratch based), so that students who are familiar with visual drag drop programming would be able to get some good results with the robot. But being build on the Arduino platform, we can also program this device with C++ and other text based programming languages.
We think this is a great robot for coding clubs that want to find a way to extend scratch programming activities without the expense of commercial robots. But we also want this robot to serve as inspiration to students who might want to design and build a custom robot for some of the robotics competitions.
We are first offering this robot in our December 2017 / January 2018 school holidays. We are then looking at providing this as an incursion for school groups at a very competitive cost, if you are interested, please contact us.