Don’t be surprise if you found there are 2 Makeblock projects on Kickstarter from Makeblock! mBot is another new creative robot next to mDrawbot, which is designed for kids to learning programing, Arduino and Robotics. Support mBot on Kickstarter here.
This is the first educational robot from Makeblock to kids to learn STEM, which draws much attention from various media websites like geeky-gadgets, atmel, haxlr8r, gadgetngears and more. Because the end-users are children, mBot is characterized by cute outlook and easy-to-use assemble steps. mBot contains only about 45 pieces in total, so it is easy to have a sense of achievement for kids to assemble in 10 mins quickly.
Now let’s share some main features of this educational robots.
One, Armed with Graphical Programming Software – mBlock
I used to hold a poll about what age do you think is suitable for kids to learn coding and programing. Most of parents picked up before 10-year-old. That might be one of the reason why Scratch 2.0 becomes so popular in education area as a graphical programming software. mBlock is a new software to control mBot, which is based on Scratch 2.0 to use Scratch-style coding to program Arduino and robots. Feel free to download mBlock here.
Second, Electronics Based on Arduino, Imagination is the Only Limitation
Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform, the mBot’s electronics are based on this open-source platform. The kids’ imagination and creativity are extended with intuitional color labels and easy-to-use RJ25 connectors.
Third, Online Manual with Course to Get Started at Ease
Cooperated with some Scratch teachers, Makeblock provides online manual and courses to help teachers and kids to get started at ease. Though they are still on the stage of translation, we will share with the public sooner or later. Download the course here.
Fourth, Bluetooth Wireless Communication with 2 Different Colors
After published on Kickstarter, we got some suggestions to offer more colors for kids to get favor color. It would take into account in the near future. People will be surprised by the wireless communication system instead of wired USB cable, which is suitable for individual usage or team working. We also provide the 2.4 G version, which is designed for classroom. Check the way to use wireless module here.
That’s the all about mBot? No, actually you can do more!
- Build a wall avoidance robot
- Build a line follower robot
- Play some musical tones.
- Control the robot by remote control provided or standard TV remote
- IR communication with other mBots for robotic cooperation like dancing.
- Interact with Scratch, using sensors to play games and stories in Scratch 2.0.
- Controlled by App to play football or fight!