mBot: Start Learning Robotics And Coding With The Open And Industry Standard Arduino

Makeblock's mBot is a STEAM education robot for beginners, that makes teaching and learning robot programming simple and fun. With just a screwdriver, the step by step instructions, and a study schedule, children can build a robot from scratch and experience the joys of hands-on creation. As they go, they will learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts, get to grips with the fundamentals of block-based programming, and develop their logical thinking and design skills.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. (tki.org.nz)

The user-friendly design and clear visual instructions make assembling mBot easy. Each electronic module is color-coded according to its matching connector on the mainboard for effortless connection. We have also designed a 3D building manual to free children from verbose descriptions and help them to learn how to build step by step. Meanwhile, children get to know the mechanical structure and develop spatial intelligence.

This robot is for everyone, at every level of programming skill levels. mBot is leveling up kids' coding skills through gameplays. 

Round 1: Playing with the controls, using the remote control driving function, voice control or the "Draw and Run" function. Round 2: Gamified learning. Together with the mBlock Blockly App, program your mBot to unlock coding skill by simply dragging and dropping the command blocks. Your mBot answers your commands to accomplish game tasks, making learning and playing one and the same. Round 3: Advanced programming. Want to learn more skills? Simply drag and combine command modules like building blocks to control the movements of mBot. You can even switch to Ardunio C text-based programming with one click, to continue advancing your skills. If you want to wirelessly link mBot to your computer, you can use the Makeblock Bluetooth Dongle to speed up the programming.

A couple of construction niggles aside, the Makeblock mBot Robot Kit is an entertaining and enlightening DIY construction kit for kids with solid educational value at an affordable price. (Lifewire)

The most compelling feature is that it can create a wide range of different shapes with its flexible body. mBot has 4 expansion ports, and can connect to more than 100 kinds of electronic modules. Children can use add-on packs and Makerspace platform to build a variety of imaginative works. mBot is also compatible with other building bricks meaning gameplay can continue to grow over time. 

Do not forget that this little bot use Arduino, an industry standard robotics platform. This should give you kids a solid technology foundation for the future challenge.

If you've got a techie parent or other adult around to help or just a parent who is willing to get involved and ask for help on the forums when they need it then mBot is really fantastic and it's likely to get better the more it gets used and the bugs get ironed out. (techagekids.com)

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