Halloween is near, and I’ve had a lot of requests for another Arduino Halloween Project. If you didn’t get a chance to look at my Animated Skull project, definitely check that one out too! For this activity, we’re going to be making Twitching Eyeball Pumpkins. (Shoutout to 68percentwater for this idea!) The goal is to […]
Halloween is quickly approaching. And, what better way to learn robotics than to make an animated skull using Arduino. In this tutorial, I will walk you through how to make a moving and glowing skull to put on your doorstep and scare trick-or-treaters! Here’s what it’ll look like when it’s finished! Ready to build yours? Scare Trick-or-Treaters […]
Are you looking for Alternatives to Lego Mindstorms? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll show you different options for your robotics and STEM classes. #1 Cubit STEAM Kits We might be a little biased when it comes to Cubit, but their kits are certainly a great alternative to Lego Mindstorms. Cubit […]
Learn to program pan-tilt servos using buttons and potentiometers. Full tutorial including wiring diagrams and code samples.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to assemble pan/tilt for Arduino servos. This should take you about 20 minutes to fully assemble. In my next tutorial, I’ll show you how to program these servos using Arduino for manual control using potentiometers & buttons. How to Assemble Pan/Tilt for Arduino Servos To start off, you’ll […]
Have you been teaching Lego Mindstorms in your classroom? Are you tired of teaching the cliché line following and obstacle avoidance? In this article we’re going to explore five engineering projects using Lego Mindstorms. So, if you’ve run out of activities to do with your Lego Mindstorms kit, give these a try. These projects assume some level of […]
What is the first thing you do before teaching a class? You plan. Right? Lesson Plans and lesson plan templates are the epitomai of organized teachers around the world. They keep us on topic, scheduled, and ensure we don’t miss critical topics. This is especially important when you’re teaching more advanced or interdisciplinary topics. Complex […]
Cool Arduino Projects is a new tutorial series we’ve started on the Learn Robotics blog. The goal is to show you how to create application-based projects using Arduino. If you’re a teacher looking for a STEM project, you can use the full lesson plans in your class. The Application: Ties to Math & Comp […]
STEM is becoming a buzz word acronym in the education world. I’m sure you’ve had numerous meetings, programs, and trainings just around this topic. Because the topic is thrown around so much, it’s no surprise that you would be confused about STEM education. In this article, we’re going to talk about STEM, what it is, why […]
How can I join a robotics team? I get this question quite a bit when I’m talking to people at expos or community events. And, since you’ve landed on this page, I’m sure you’re wondering the same thing.
Are you looking to improve your productivity? In this article, I’ll provide some insight about whether upgrading the mid-2012 MacBook Pro is worth it.
If you’re searching for a new engineering computer, then you’re in the right place. I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently, “what is the best computer for robotics engineering?” And in this article, I’m going to outline my thoughts on what laptop you should get specifically for engineering and robotics. Computers for two […]
When you’re first learning Arduino, most people recommend using the Arduino Uno. And, I too, agree that the Arduino Uno is a great controller to use when you’re starting. Once you have a better grasp of how to set up your circuit and begin to dabble into your projects, you may want to expand your knowledge […]
I’ve had a bit of an Internet of Things (IoT) bug the last couple of weeks. For those of you who are new to the blog, welcome! I’m glad you’re following along with my tutorials. Hopefully, you’re making some cool things! Before we dive right into prototyping and code, and whatnot, I wanted to provide […]
I had this neat idea to control a mobile robot using Node-RED. Before creating the Node-RED dashboard for a robot, I wanted to create something simple as a proof of concept. And, in this article, I’m going to share with you how to configure Node-RED with the Wemos D1 Mini using MQTT. I recommend you […]