build your own robot

The ROUGHBOT is the cheapest programmable robot you can build for yourself!

 
 

The RoughBot is a work in progress. The intention is to build a cheap robot with off-the-shelf components. Be sure to check out the ongoing blog about how we are using RoughBot in lessons.

If you would like further information, or would like to discuss having a RoughBot class at your school, be sure to contact me.

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Easy to build

The simplest programmable robot can uses Arduino as its brain, and your imagination for its body. Students just plug in the components: no soldering required!

Once you have the basic electronics, the chassis is anything you have to hand. A chocolate box. Cardboard and sticky-tape. Or spend the time to design and 3D-print a body for a particular application.

The possibilities are endless.


Easy to program

Using the Arduino programming environment, students get an introduction to functional programming.

Download the code from GitHub.

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add to it

Once you have the basic model, you can add:

  • Bluetooth controls
  • Touch sensors
  • Line detectors

...and more!