The new kid-friendly mBot from Makeblock is marketed as a Science,
Technology and Mathematics (STEM) educational learning tool. The product is
a full, all-in-one solution for kids—of all ages, of course—to enjoy
the hands-on experience of programming, electronics and robotics. Working
with a graphical programming interface called mBlock, which is inspired by
Scratch 2.0, kids can learn programming, control the robot and realize
multiple functions. Users can program the robot to light up, send it
messages and move it around using open-source ecosystems like Raspberry Pi or
Arduino. mBot can connect to a mobile device via Bluetooth so that users
can control movements with an app. The 38 parts can be assembled in around
ten minutes, and color-labeled RJ25 ports ensure that wiring is
convenient and maximum time can be spent on programming and creativity.
Extensibility is infinite thanks to compatibility with the broader
Makeblock platform as well as most LEGO bricks. Finally, two manuals and
courses, both on-line and developed and maintained by teachers, enable
maximum utilization of mBot for STEM education.