The easiest educational robot for kids, Mbot, goes AtHeart

Zoe RomanoNovember 30th, 2015


It’s cute, it’s fun and easy to assemble, it’s mBot by Makeblock, the new educational robot joining Arduino AtHeart program!

mBot it’s an all-in-one solution for kids and beginners to enjoy the hands-on experience about robotics, programming, and electronics.

You can program it with drag-and-drop graphical programming software based on Scratch 2.0 and the magic happens: the robots can follow lines, kick balls and push objects, avoid walls and more. You can also switch from graphical to text-based programming in Arduino mode as it can be coded with Arduino IDE environment.

Watch the video of their successful Kickstarter campaign:

mBot supports wireless communication, standard Arduino boards like Arduino Uno, Leonardo boards, Arduino Nano, Arduino Mega 2560, Makeblock mCore (based on Arduino Uno).

The main control board’s design, mCore of mBot, is based on Arduino UNO: with intuitional color labels and easy-to-use RJ25 connectors, the board can get wired easily so students can then get more time to focus on creating all kinds of interactive stories and projects.

To help teachers, parents, and kids get started easier and faster the robot kit has two free tutorial e-books and online manuals are provided and increasing continually.

Take a look at mBot on Makeblock website and discover how to use 2.4GHz wireless module and Bluetooth module with mBot:


Massimo Banzi with Makeblock team

2 Responses to “The easiest educational robot for kids, Mbot, goes AtHeart”

  1. arduedge Says:

    Love the concept. I have most of the parts already and wondered is it possible to leverage the code etc in this along with the chassis, uno that I already have?

  2. olem_de Says:

    yes i also love the concept. already the unboxing awakes your fantasy:”one robot per kid” – sounds good
    But from my point they did a big mistake: the programming tool a special scratch version, doesn’t support linux !!!
    Hopefully the marketing realize very soon that linux is the os which is used at a lot of schools. more than mac, which is supported

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