'LittleBot' is a Smart Classroom Robot for Hands-On STEM Education

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 17, 2017
References: kickstarter & 3ders.org
Slant Robotics' 'LittleBot' is being launched on Kickstarter as a new kind of classroom robot that promotes hands-on STEM learning. In particular, the cubic 3D-printed Arduino bots put an emphasis on helping kids to learn the basics of engineering, programming and robotics.

As well as boasting a form that's charming, the components that make up LittleBot are highly functional—such as ultrasonic sensors that also look like eyes.

Since the bot is only made with simple electronics, it is intended that the bot will be taken apart, looked at and rebuilt many times over. Once fully assembled, the LittleBot can be programmed to do a number of things, such as dance, follow a wall, avoid obstacles, go into battle with other bots. Since the classroom robot is meant to be first and foremost educational, it has been designed to offer kid-friendly programming lessons through platforms like Blockly and Scratch, and TinkerCAD.