Kids Robotics

I want to work with my daughter to build a fun robot but it seems like there are some many choices out there for platforms, controllers, software etc.

I think I'm leaning towards a platform from DFrobot.
http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=37_111&product_id=97#.VaL4sZNVhBc

And an Arduino based controller like this,
http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=35_104&product_id=1176#.VaL45pNVhBc

To control and make it move I'm thinking that Ardublock could be a good choice.
http://blog.ardublock.com/


I'm curious if this community has any thoughts on my choices... or alternative ideas.

Thanks,

Phil


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ric_mrx16 days ago

hi, sorry for publish this question here but the forum dont let me create a new topic, i need help with ardublock i want edit and add new blocks, i read that i could do it with eclipse but i dont understand how solve this error

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Red_2 years ago

When I first got into robotics I started out with an Arduino Uno and a motor shield. I ended up using lego for a frame. This way I was able to build every aspect of the robot. I would recommend something along this route if you wanted to build everything. If not the frame looks good, but I've never worked with that controller so I can't vouch for it.

If you want straight forward, easy for the kids to program, a large array of easy to find parts, and you don't mind spending a little extra money then look into Lego Mindstorms.

https://shop.education.lego.com/legoed/en-US/catal...

The program interface is as easy if not easier than Ardublock. Similar drag and drop block interface. Plus the Mindstorms set i linked above gives you an array of sensors allowing you to make all sorts of robots. Then she can always embelish it with any Legos/Megablocks you already own.

Have build a robot before?
Because if not it would be advised to start with something that is a bit easier.

filthyPhil (author)  Downunder35m2 years ago

I have done a bunch of basic servo stuff with Arduino but nothing with wheels....

The kits that I listed above seem pretty straight forward, do you have any links to projects that would be easier?

Thanks,

Phil

You listed a basic frame with wheels and a "controller", but there is so much more that makes the project complete.

There are several "line follower robots" on Instructables, check them out for the other stuff that is involved.
The kits are striaght forward, but without motors, sensors and some programming they won't do much.

Pick a project that you can use for your kits and use the info provided, from there work your way up to something more complex or better suited for your projects needs.

filthyPhil (author)  Downunder35m2 years ago

Thanks, that was my plan. First build the basic kit and have it move and from there I would look to find out ways of using various sensors. The line follower is a good idea.

Thanks.

Phil

Take some nice pics and videos on the way - it might make a good Instructable for other beginners.
And if it is good you can get a pro membership if it is being featured ;)