Arduino Robotics with the mBot

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Arduino Robotics with the mBot

An introduction to robotics with the world's friendliest robot.

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Arduino,Robotics,IT & Software,Hardware


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Course Description

Learn Arduino Robotics with the mBot, and explore STEM Education with Tech Explorations. Start your Maker adventure today.

Arduino Robotics with the mBot is a great place to start on your Maker Adventure. Parents and teachers find this to be a great starter project course for children as they explore coding and making together.

Arduino Robotics with the mBot will introduce you to the mBot, the world's friendliest educational robotics platform. The mBot is an Arduino-based, two-wheel robot that comes with built-in sensors and actuators, and that you can program using Scratch, a graphical programming language.

The mBot is also extensible, with a lot of components available that you can use to build your own robotic creations.

In this course, I will show you how to assemble the mBot, discuss the additional hardware options, and demonstrate how to program it on your tablet and your Windows or Mac OS computer.

The main project of Arduino Robotics with the mBot involves programming the mBot to follow an arbitrary black line on the floor.

In this project, we must combine our robot’s sensors and actuators efficiently to enable it to stay on the line while it travels on it as quickly as possible.

At first glance, you may think that getting a mBot robot to follow a line is easy. That’s not true for a robot.

As the programmer, you must “teach the robot” to do something that to a human is intuitive. You need to extract the intuitive understanding of how to follow a line and convert it into code.

The required hardware is the mBot itself, and a computer (Windows or Mac OS). You can purchase a mBot direct from its manufacturer, Makeblock, or your local reseller. You can download the software for free from the Makeblock website.

Explore STEM education with Tech Explorations and learn Arduino Robotics with the mBot.

Start your Maker adventure today.

Who is this course ideal for?

  • School students and homeschoolers interested in robotics projects.
  • Teachers, interested to learn skills for a STEM class.
  • Electronics hobbyists looking for a gentle introduction to robotics.
  • Parents looking for a fun educational activities to take with their children.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Program the mBot on the tablet device.
  • Program the mBot on the PC.
  • Use the mBot sensors and actuators.
  • Program the mBot using the Scratch language.
  • Come up with your own fun experiments for the mBot.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Absolutely nothing. We'll start at the beginning.

  • Purchase an mBot kit

  • Download the free programming interface for Windows/Mac OS

  • Download the free programming interface for tablets

Arduino Robotics with the mBot


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

4 Lectures
  • play icon What is this course about? 03:36 03:36
  • play icon Hardware and software that you will need 02:32 02:32
  • play icon Study guide 04:19 04:19
  • play icon Quick preview 03:03 03:03
Meet the mBot
8 Lectures
Programming the mBot using a tablet
4 Lectures
Programming the mBot on the PC using mBlock
6 Lectures
Getting more out of the mBot: programming structures, more sensors
6 Lectures
Create the line follower program
7 Lectures
Other things you should know
3 Lectures
Mini project
2 Lectures
Conclusion and next steps
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris

Chief Geek @ Tech Explorations

Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.  

As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world. 

Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.

A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate. 

His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.

Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. 

For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site, techexplorations.com.

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