Learn real-world engineering skills with the friendly, capable, and peppy ActivityBot. It's a great option for first-time robot-builders, as well as for an intro to technology and engineering courses in high schools and colleges. This C language tutorial for the 8-core Propeller microcontroller and the ActivityBot Robot Kit is designed for students and independent learners age 14 and up.
Step-by-step web tutorials take you through programming its multicore Propeller chip in C, wiring circuits on a breadboard, and building sensor systems so your robot can navigate on its own. Following the checkmarks gets you to the fun fast, with optional links for added learning.
The ActivityBot is ready for tinkering with off-the-shelf components, additional sensors, and upgrade kits. The Activity Board sports a mini audio jack and a socket for an optional XBee RF module (not included).
Easy to program in C on Windows, Mac, or Linux with the SimpleIDE software and custom Simple Libraries
Multicore Propeller control board makes it quick to integrate sensors, motors, and more
High-speed servo motors with optical encoders provide fast, consistent maneuvering
Breadboard and 3-pin headers let you experiment with common electronics parts, no soldering or proprietary connectors required
Component kit makes navigation systems that use touch, visible light, infrared light and ultrasonic sensors
Built-in SD card slot and microSD card are ready for data-logging and file storage
A great hobby kit for exploring electronics and programming
An affordable STEM education platform to provide a low robot/student ratio