Rolling robots are the perfect entry point for anyone wanting to learn about coding Arduino, programming or robotics - children and adults alike!
Do you constantly notice or hear about Arduino, but you’re not sure where to begin? Are you a soldering demigod, but programming seems like it’s for the birds? Wheeled robots provide a positively painless introduction to these and other fields, and can be a great way to enjoy family time.
A rolling robot is a bit like a remote-control car with a mind of its own, and many are available as kits aimed at children, with little or no assembly and simple block-based programming. However, discovering these with the young people in your life can give you an inspiring insight into the amazing possibilities, and potentially spark a whole new field of fascination for you.
● Codey/Rocky is simple enough for children as young as six to program, yet it offers incredibly powerful possibilities ranging from AI learning to coding in Python.
● MeetEdison is an autonomous robot that can be programmed in three different ways, including drag-and-drop block coding, and is equipped with a comprehensive sensor suite.
● The next step up is mBot Blue, which requires assembly and can be programmed using a simple block-based graphical tool. More ambitious coding enthusiasts can use Arduino C to program the robot.
● The wall-dodging robot project is a perfect first project for discovering Arduino. It’s built from first principles and uses a Duinotech UNO to interpret information from an ultrasonic sensor, autonomously navigating its surroundings and avoiding obstacles.