Best Programmable Robotic Kits for Beginners

programmable robot kits for beginners

Do you want to gift a programmable robot kit to your kid? Here is a list of the best programmable robotic kits for beginners.

Lego Boost

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The Boost kit is a joy to put together and the easiest to program, and because it’s based on Lego, the possibilities for creative expansion are almost limitless. Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Since it uses Lego pieces, the Lego Boost set is the most approachable and the easiest to figure out how to put together. It’s a well-thought-out kit that a panel of child testers enjoyed as much as we did. The simple programming interface is easy to get started with, and the visual instructions allow non-readers to use and enjoy it, though more advanced programmers might find it limiting.

Ubtech Jimu Robot AstroBot Series: Cosmos Kit

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This kit implements the Scratch programming language better than any others we tested and produces an exceptionally cute robot, but it’s compatible only with other Jimu kits. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. If our main pick is unavailable, the next-best option is the Ubtech Jimu Robot AstroBot Series: Cosmos Kit. The companion smartphone and tablet app that leads you through building and programming is the most organized and simple to learn of any we tried. The clear instructions offer a straightforward introduction to the popular Scratch programming language. The blocklike Jimu building pieces aren’t as versatile as Legos, and they feel a little clunky, but they come together to build a capable robot.

Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor

This kit includes more-sophisticated sensors and more programming options. It’s a better choice for someone who has experience. Recommended for ages 8 to 14. If you’re hungry to do as much as you can with a robotics kit, the Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor will satiate your appetite for new skills, whereas simpler and less expensive kits may only be an appetizer. You can begin programming this kit in Scratch or move up to more complex tasks using the Python programming language, and the extra sensors—which can detect colors or movement—add possibilities that simple kits lack.

Elegoo Project Smart Robot Car Kit 

First on our list is the ELEGOO UNO R3 smart robot car kit. This is a robocar kit that is Arduino compatible and made specifically for beginners and pro electronic enthusiast kids and adults. With an easy to follow tutorial for assembling it, this STEM educational kit teaches programming and robotics to kids with ease. It comes in a 24 module package and is an integrated solution for robotics learning. The modules include Infrared remote control, obstacle avoidance, Tracking and mobile control as well. These are both for the Android and iOS operating systems. The car has a rechargeable battery and an overall minimal design. A great gift for budding learners of the age 12 or above. The robot car comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase.

These are some of the best programmable robotic kits for beginners.

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