The BOE Shield for Arduino Robot (a.k.a Shield-Bot) allows the tried-and-true Boe-Bot robotics platform to be powered by an Arduino. Although the internet is full of ideas and projects for the Arduino, there are few good resources for getting started and learning the core skills necessary to be proficient with the Arduino as a microcontroller. By adapting our Boe-Bot materials to the Arduino microcontroller, we have created a student-friendly, yet thorough introduction for students and teachers who want to use the Arduino and are new to programming, electronics, and robotics.
The complete Robotics with the BOE Shield for Arduino learning system includes the educator resources, hardware, software, and a textbook. Links to each component of the complete Shield-Bot system can be found on this page.
The Shield-Bot kits, spare parts, and accessories can be purchased through our store site or by calling 888-512-1024 and asking for sales.
To program the Arduino microcontroller on the Shield-Bot, you will need to download and install software onto your computer. Software is available for Windows, Mac, and Chrome (most platforms).
The textbook that comes in the kit for the Shield-Bot is titled Robotics with the BOE Shield for Arduino. In addition to a printed copy included in each kit, it can be downloaded as a PDF here:
The Arduino microcontroller is programmed in a C++ like language. A reference for the Arduino programming language can be found here:
Educator's PD Course
Parallax holds Professional Development courses for educators. The syllabus "PD Activities - Robotics with the BOE Shield-Bot & Arduino" can be found here