Chapter 1. Your Shield-Bot's Brain

Parallax, Inc.’s BOE Shield-Bot robot is the focus of the activities, projects, and contests in this book.  The Board of Education (BOE) Shield mounts on a metal chassis with servo motors and wheels.  Your own Arduino module—the programmable brain—plugs in underneath the Shield.

Arduino module plugs into Board of Education Shield, which mounts on robot chassis, to make a "BOE Shield-Bot"

The activities in this text will guide you through building the mechanical parts and circuits that make the BOE Shield-Bot work. Then, you’ll write simple programs that make the Arduino and your robot do four essential robotic tasks:

  1. Monitor sensors to detect the world around it
  2. Make decisions based on what it senses
  3. Control its motion (by operating the motors that make its wheels turn)
  4. Exchange information with its roboticist (that will be you!)