| Building a robot from scratch is a great way to learn a lot about robotics, but its not the only way to get started. A robot kit can help you through the initial learning curve and save you time, frustration and money so you can quickly get to the parts of the hobby that interest you such as programming or customizing. We offer both complete kits and base kits so you can get as much help or do as much customizing as you want. Most kits are designed with expansion in mind, so a kit is just a jump-start, not the end of the road.|
Our beginner kits are marked with the icon
Parents can consider these kits a test to see how much complexity their aspiring roboticist can handle on his or her own. Remember that asking for help is a sign of maturity not failure -- so be ready to let this become a family activity.
- Beginner kits are a fun way
- get an up-close look at mechanical and electronic parts,
- see how mechanical systems are put together,
- get some practice using simple hand tools and
- have a fascinating pre-programmed robot to show your friends.
Beginner kits never require soldering but do require the ability to follow written instructions, handle small parts and use basic hand tools. Kids as young as 7 years old have successfully completed these kits with minimal assistance, but they are generally recommended for children ages 9 and up.
Beginner kits are not designed to be programmable or expandable, but as you grow in skill you will begin to look at these kits as a ready source for otherwise difficult to obtain mechanical assemblies.
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Intermediate kits are "real" programmable robots. The mechanical assembly of these kits is not much more involved that many beginner kits and no soldering is required. You will have to learn programming to make the robots go, so this is a definite step up in complexity. Programming most robots requires connecting the robot to a PC running Microsoft Windows (version 95 or newer). Intermediate kits include all required cables and software.
An intermediate kit is a reasonable starting point for adults and high school or college students who feel that they have basic mechanical skills and aren't afraid of jumping directly into programming. Builders without electronic training may want to investigate our Electronics Learning Kits before adding electronic components to their robots.
Intermediate kits are inherently expandable via programming and the addition of external sensors or other electronic components. Most intermediate robots include an electronics breadboard to simplify electronic assembly.
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Advanced kits may involve soldering or advanced programming techniques that make them inappropriate as a first-time project.
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