In our Robot Class, school kids and adults from kindergarten on up are learning how to build, wire, and code their own “StarterBot”. A “StarterBot” is a small, battery powered programmable robot based upon the “Arduino” micro controller. Microcontrollers are tiny computers that allow us to control electronic devices in our everyday lives.
We all have microcontrollers in their homes and sometimes we don’t even know they are there. Modern televisions, thermostats microwaves and clock radios are good examples of modern conveniences powered with these miniature robot brains. Microcontrollers are also commonly used in robots and many other electronic projects.