With a solderless breadboard, servo ports, and onboard voltage regulators, the Board of Education Shield is designed to make it easy for Arduino programmers to enjoy Parallax’s beginner-friendly sensors and microcontroller accessories. Tested with the Arduino Uno, Mega, and Duemilanove, this shield is physically compatible with modules that have the same form factor. It's a great combination for learning programming, electronics, and robotics.
Build a smart robot with this step-by-step tutorial Robotics with the Board of Education Shield for Arduino. No programming, electronics, or robotics experience is required. Just browse through the linked pages and follow the red-check instructions. You'll have a smart robot that can roam on its own—sensor systems for navigation by touch, visible light, and infrared object/distance detection are included.
Need a simple Arduino example for a joystick, servo, or serial LCD? Browse through the Microcontroller KickStarts, which provide basic schematics, wiring diagrams and code downloads for a growing list of sensors, RF devices, displays, and other such microcontroller accessories from Parallax.
BOE Shield Projects
Once you've mastered the basics, there's lots of exploring to do! This area lists projects for your built and tested BOE Shield-Bot, sometimes using additional sensors and hardware.
A Ping))) Ultrasonic Distance Sensor on a Mounting Bracket Kit gives your BOE Shield-Bot longer-range distance detection for navigation. The sensor is mounted on a standard servo, giving a 180° sweep field of vision.
Since your BOE Shield-Bot already has IR receivers, how about using an infrared TV remote to drive it around? This project provides the instructions and Arduino code.
ROBOT C for Arduino
The ROBOTC for Arduino Public BETA release became available in May 2012. This should be a great option for programming the BOE Shield-Bot in the near future. The download is available for a 120-day free evaluation. If you give it a try, read these instructions to set up the servo ports on the BOE Shield and in the ROBOTC software.