If you are a fan of the original BASIC Stamp Boe-Bot Robot, but find you need to convert one (or a whole fleet) to be Arduino Uno compatible, use this retrofit kit to create a “Shield-Bot.”
The Board of Education Shield plugs right on top of your own Arduino Uno (not included!) and the two boards are held together with the included hardware. A 5-AA battery pack brings the power supply up above 7 V, the recommended input voltage for an Arduino Uno. (Also need an Arduino Uno? Get this version instead.)
Then, you are ready to follow the free web tutorial “Robotics with the Board of Education Shield for Arduino.” This adaptation of the original Robotics text begins with a programming tutorial, and then works through all of the classic DIY navigation sensor circuits: touch-whisker switches, light-following with photo-transistors, and object detection with infrared headlights. (If you are also in need of replacement circuit components, see our Boe-Bot and Shield-Bot Refresher Pack.)
Many robotic add-ons are also supported with Arduino example code, including the QTI Line Follower, Ping))) Ultrasonic Distance Sensor & Mounting Bracket, Gripper Kit, and IR Remote Control. See the Additional Resources below for links.
Note: Arduino Uno and USB A to B programming cable required, not included.
Note: The 5-AA battery pack brings the power supply up to 7.4 V; the Arduino Uno input range is 7-12 VDC, with 7 V recommended. If you are using 1.2 V rechargeable AA batteries, you may add a 6th cell with the optional Boe-Boost module, sold separately.
- (1) – Board of Education Shield for Arduino (#35000)
- (1) – Battery Holder 5-AA Barrel Jack (#753-00007)
- (3) – Spacers, 1/2″ Nylon
- (3) – Hex Nuts, #4-40 Nylon
- (3) – Screws, 7/8″ #4-40
- (3) – Screws, 3/8″ #4-40 Nylon