Robotics and coding can seem overwhelming when you first start out, especially if you’ve ever seen coding like the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) that makes up a website (because CSS can really looks like gobbledygook). Thankfully technologies, and the way they are being taught, is simplifying and improving all the time.
A perfect example of a Robot that is easy to use, build and code is an mBot. Thanks to a Kids Science Club Grant from the Royal Society of Victoria, Yarra Plenty Regional Library was able to buy 3 new mBot Rangers to use in events and in our Maker Spaces.
An mBot robot can be assembled and dismantled with only a screwdriver, and the coding is formatted so that you can quickly drag-and-drop commands into a sequence using an App. The mBot can ‘learn’ to follow lines, avoid obstacles, play soccer, and can be equipped with sensors, buzzers and LEDs. If you think the robot looks a little plain, then using LEGO Blocks you can build, shape and even add little LEGO people to perfect the look of your mBot.
If you’re interested in getting to know the inner workings of an mBot, while having fun and developing your coding and engineering skills, you can find events here.