Build a robot car that can move and think on its own! The Barnabas Rover is able to follow a line, sense objects in front of it and even following a flash light. A great STEM/Robotics project for the classroom and home. Perfect for teachers and for hobbyists!
No soldering required!
Key Concepts That You Learn:
- How To Code/Program Arduino (C and Block-coding)
- Basic Electrical Circuits
- How To Work With Sensors (Distance, Light, Buttons, Infrared)
- Working with DC Motors
- Working with DC Motor Drivers
- Mechanical Build
- 1 x 2WD Chassis
- 2 x DC Geared Motors (pre-wired and strengthened with hot glue)
- 1 x LS9110S DC Driver
- 1 x Arduino-Compatible Uno
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x 7.5V Battery Holder for Arduino
- 12 x Male to Female Arduino Wires
- 5 x Male to Male Arduino Wires
- 1 x Mini Breadboard
- 6 x Resistors (470 Ohm, 4.7 kOhm, 10 kOhm)
- 1 x LED
- 1 x 4-Pin Button
- 2 x IR Sensor Modules
- 2 x Light Sensors (Photoresistors)
- 1 x Ultrasonic Sensor
- 1 x 3mm Screwdriver
- 5 x Double-Stick Foam
Batteries not included
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I have assembled my kit and run several programs. I have been using Arduinos for years with students in my high school classes. I did rely on the tutorials for assembling the Barnabas Rover. I jumped to writing my own programs just to see how well the kit works. I am impressed.
I like the ease of assembly and that there is no soldering required. In this time of virtual-only learning, I am planning to purchase enough kits to send home with each student. I have been looking for something they can assemble at home without the benefit of a lab with tools. This kit will fill that need.
I plan to supplement the kit with higher-watt resistors (for the ease of reading the stripes), a piezo speaker, and a few LEDs to expand their possibilities. This kit is a nice, cost-effective substitute for the Parallax Boe-Bot that we used in class for many years. In normal times we are using VEX cortex kits in class. Sending that equipment home is not possible.
I would love to provide some follow-up once my students have begun using the kits.