The Kitronik :MOVE mini buggy kit is a fantastic and compact starter robot for your BBC micro:bit(s), priced at under $50! If you've recently bought a Micro:bit, this is definitely worth a look.
The kit comprises the robot and the battery-powered Servo:Lite board, and comes with a well-written instruction booklet, that starts you programming straight out of the box, during the build process. The BBC micro:bit is available separately.
- highly manoeuvrable
- has an array of bright colour-changing LEDs that can be individually controlled with brightness and on/off
- pop a felt-tipped pen into the hole for continuous drawing
- custom blocks for easy PXT drag and drop programming
- fine-tuning for servos for accurate driving
- simple, straightforward and robust design is great for use in schools, so that there less parts to come loose
- an option to disable the LED array and drive another servo or sensor
- includes the Server:Lite board, with a built in battery cage and switch, that can be adapted for other projects
Ideas for projects
- use another micro:bit to control the robot with wireless/bluetooth
- create your own tools to attach, to handle objects like balls, and blocks
- get more than one and have robots trigger each other using other sensors or wireless/bluetooth communications
- build you own games that trigger the robot to move
- adapt the Servo:Lite board to work with old toys or other projects
If you're interested in a micro:bit robot that comes with multiple sensors and I2C support for even more, check out the 4 Tronix Bit:bot for the micro:bit.