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How should I get started in robotics?

My "final" goal is to make a water obstacle avoiding robot that is solar powered; but i realize that's not happening anytime soon :D. help is appreciated

You've certainly come to the right place but it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the "tid-bits" of information out there.

You may want to start with a basic "all-in-one" kit. This will start you from the ground up and slowly work though basic concepts and use of sensors that would apply for any design.

Here's another answer where I describe what I used as an entry level kit:
https://www.instructables.com/answers/Has-anybody-used-this-robot-kit/

Subscriptions to magazines such as MAKE, Nuts & Volts, and Servo are also great motivators and help spawn a lot of ideas.

It's also fun to take your robot one piece at a time.  For example, focus on building a sensor for a while and getting it working just right, then move on to another, then add servo control, etc..  Again though, the basics for all of that can be learned in a good starter kit such as the one mentioned above.

Good luck!
Speedmite7 years ago
Depends on how much experience youve had. If you were starting from the beginning, I would do lego mindstorm or erector.
Take a look at BEAM robotics. They are simple, autonomous little things that should lead in well to what you want to do.