Introduction to mBot
mBot is an all-in-one solution for learners to enjoy the hands-on experience about programming, electronics and robotics
Updated on Dec, 2023
Language - English
Duration -32 mins
This cute little fella is the mBot a do-it-yourself educational robot kit from robotics experts Makeblock. Built around the Arduino open-source platform, it's designed to induct kids into the fields of robotics and programming. The company chose to build around the concept of STEM education: science, technology, engineering & mathematics. Specifically, it helps children get an early start into these disciplines. There are two versions of the mBot: a Bluetooth version for home use and a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi version, which is designed for classroom use.
Everything that you need to build it is in the box in a nutshell, you need to assemble it using the precise instructions provided and add batteries. There are 45 pieces and it's easy to put them together in about 15 minutes. It's neatly packaged and consists of very high quality materials. Every little part that you need from the main Arduino board, DC motors, to each screw, cable and even a set of tools is in the box. It comes pre-programmed but it's also designed to be tinkered with. Parent of pre-teens might be familiar with Scratch. It’s a free, graphical based programming language developed by MIT Media Lab.
Well, Makeblock has built their own version for this and called it mBlock. The idea behind mBlock is that younger children can start out with graphical programming and move on to text-based programming as they become more advanced.
Ultimately, once you put everything together, mBot can move around and avoid obstacles on its own, follow a line on the ground or just accept commands from the supplied IR remote controller. With the Makeblock app, you can control the robots wirelessly. For children, especially, it can be a surreal experience: actually building something out of tiny parts and seeing it come to 'life'. And there's no limit to what you can do add more parts, add another robot to play games or program your own actions. This is what will inspire the next generation of engineers.
Who this course is for:
- No prior knowledge of programming or coding is required
- People who want to try mBot and learn about microcontrollers
What will you learn in this course:
Program robot wirelessly.
Remote control car
Control the speed of fan by using ultrasonic sensor
Interact with physical world.
Create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
mBot Educational robot kit
You will need to download the mBlock and Arduino IDE software
Adobe Air version 17.0+
Windows or Mac operating system
Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course
- Introduction 02:22 02:22
- How to Install the mBlock software 02:07 02:07
Assembling the mBot mechanical and electronic parts
Functions of mBlock interface and details of sensors in mBot
Infrared remote controller to control mBot
Controlling the speed of fan by using Ultrasonic sensor
Race track map for the Line follower module
Venkatesh Varadachari is the founder of MAKERDEMY, a pioneer maker education company head-quartered in Singapore.
Venkatesh believes that knowledge should be made available to people in all walks of life. Venkatesh also believes in the power of education to transform lives.
Venkatesh has an MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
He also has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Madras University and a Masters in Financial Engineering from National University of Singapore.
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