With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robotics building kit.
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Who is this for?
Building a robot from a construction kit is the perfect way to start learning about robotic technology since all parts are compatible with one another and everything you need is usually included. If you’re looking for a great kit for all ages to build your own robot without hassle, then the kits below are perfect for you.
Why should you trust us?
At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of robotics. With about 15 years of experience of selling robotics kits and ready-to-build robot kits, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to robotics building kits and which ones are the best.
Our pick – littleBits Droid Inventor Kit
With the LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit, kids can create their own custom Droid™ and bring it to life! Using littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app, they’ll teach their R2 Unit new tricks and take it on 16+ missions. Then kids can level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid they can dream up. The kit comes with everything kids need to create and customize their R2 Unit straight out of the box. Initial assembly is easy with step-by-step instructions to create their Droid, and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force™ Mode, and more. After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, kids continue on to challenges that spark creativity and get them inventing brand-new Droids.
Our team’s verdict: We’ve fell in love with the Droid Inventor Kit since the first day we saw it. We’ve made an unboxing and review video that you can see here. It’s an amazing kit for kids (or giant kids calling themselves “adults”).
The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller microcontroller. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin-motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. The DFRobotShop Rover PCB incorporates a standard Arduino Uno (surface mount ATMega328), L293B motor driver (connected to pins 5 to 8), voltage regulator and prototyping area while contributing to the mechanical structure of the robot. The onboard voltage regulator allows the entire board to be powered using as little as 3.7V to ~9V*.
Our team’s verdict: The DFRobotShop Rover is the best rover kit available. And as it’s based on Arduino Uno, your field of possible applications is only limited by your imagination.
Upgrade pick – Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Robotic Arm Kit
The Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Robotic Arm Kit is a package made specifically for PLTW schools. It includes a complete AL5D robotic arm, along with a medium duty wrist rotate upgrade, SSC-32U servo controller board and a USB cable. The SSC-32U board means no more USB-to-serial adapter and no more 9V battery.
Our team’s verdict: Built in association with PLTW (the leading STEM non profit), the Lynxmotion AL5D is a powerful programmable arm. And with the software now completely free, this is an even better product.
Budget pick – DFRobot Spider Robot Frame Kit
Design and manufacture a robotic creature full of energy. Eight multi-jointed legs accurately duplicate the walking movement of a real spider. Two assembly choices for you to change the stride length and gait of the spider
Our team’s verdict: If you’re looking for an affordable robotic kit, look no further. The DFRobot Spider will let you assemble your own robotic creature and see it come to life.
Also great – Robotic Arm MeArm Nuka No Controller
The Robotic Arm MeArm Nuka No Controller (Cola Blue) comes as a flat pack robot arm kit, that you can build with nothing but a screwdriver and enthusiasm. It is a great kit to get you started in the world of programming, electronics, robotics, and engineering.
Our team’s verdict: This is a great product if you want to start with something not too complex. It’s extremely easy to assemble and will be working very quickly.
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