A Gentle Introduction to Robotics
Last updated on 2017-06-02
About the Book
This book contains a series of projects based on the affordable mBot, a STEM-focused robot kit from Makeblock. You will start by learning how to turn the onboard LEDs on and off using mBlock, a development environment based on MIT's Scratch. The projects cover using the sensors and motors as well as fun activities such as creating an ultrasonic theremin, a robotic sumo wrestler, and finishes by using all of these newly acquired skills to create a maze-solving robot. Full source code is available at Github.
All of the proceeds from the sales of this book go into a fund for assisting robotics teams to purchase the hardware, software, and training they need to learn the skills necessary to be successful roboticists.
Getting Set Up
The Software Development Process
The mBlock Programming Environment
Play An Octave
Press the Button
Light It Up!
Baby You Can Drive My Bot
Where's My Line?
Robotic Movement Part 1
We Like to Move It!
Robotic Movement Part 2
Trace A Shape
Bashin' at the Basho
You Made It!
Appendix A: Flowcharts
Appendix B: mBot Blocks
Appendix C: Best Practices
Appendix D: Musical Note Values
Appendix E: Arduino Uno Specifications
Appendix F: Resources
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