Learning programming is way more fun when your code controls a robot. That is exactly the idea behind the Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit, which currently has 46 percent off at TNW Deals.
This introduction to robotics comes with beginner-friendly instructions, and there are two vehicles you can construct from this pack: a caterpillar-propelled tank, or a three-wheeled car. The parts are made from aluminum, which you bolt together to form a robust chassis.
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With an Arduino for a brain, each vehicle can be steered with code, and programmed to react to the commands you issue with the supplied remote control. Building these robots is also a great way to learn the fundamentals of electronics, although no soldering is required.
The kit provides everything — including tools and an Arduino — you need for building your robots, along with some helpful programming guides. All you need to supply is fuel, in the form of batteries.
You can currently order the Makeblock Starter Kit for $79.99, which includes free shipping to the continental US.