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Build an Arduino Robot

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Short (2-5 days)
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Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

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Build an Arduino Robot with your Science Buddies Bluebot Kit

The Science Buddies Bluebot Kit contains parts to build four different robots:

However, in each project, the sensors are hard-wired to control the robot's motors. This allows the robot to steer left and right based on input from two sensors, but it does not allow the robot to perform more complex behaviors. For example, it cannot back up and turn around, drive through a pre-planned path, or use multiple types of sensors at once. That is where a programmable microcontroller like an Arduino comes in. You can use the Arduino to take readings from multiple sensors and program how the robot should respond. Can you add an Arduino to your Bluebot kit and design an autonomous robot that can drive around your home? You will need to do some of your own research, prototyping, and testing to figure out how to do this. The suggestions below and resources in the Bibliography section will help you get started.

Bluebot robot chassis with a breadboard circuit and Arduino Uno mounted on top.
Figure 1. A Bluebot with an Arduino and multiple sensors.

Bibliography

General electronics tutorials:

Reference for using an Arduino:

Reference for using the L293D motor driver chip:

Bluebot project instructions with more details about each sensor:

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Finio, Ben. "Build an Arduino Robot." Science Buddies, 11 Sep. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Robotics_p031/robotics/build-arduino-robot. Accessed 20 May 2022.

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Finio, B. (2020, September 11). Build an Arduino Robot. Retrieved from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Robotics_p031/robotics/build-arduino-robot


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