Otto: Beginner Robotics Kits for Teens, Makers, and Hobbyists
Beginner robotics kits for teens are more than simply a way to practice STEM / STEAM skills. Simple robot kits provide hours of fun, creativity, and adventure for budding inventors and veteran makers alike.
Building and coding a robot makes for engaging projects in the classroom, at home, with family and friends, or for solo hobbyists. And while there are a range of beginner robots for teens, we feel there are many reasons why Otto robotics kits are the best in this genre.
At the most basic level, robotics kits come as simple coding toys, easy-to-build mobile robots, robotic arms, and the like. These are often a “stepping stone” to industrial robotics and automation, but have little functionality and no room for personalization.
The more high-tech (but also often high-priced) robots can be more complex, but aren’t always the best for teens (and the price tag). Nor are these robotics kits for teens as fun to build, customizable, and versatile as Otto.
An adventure to assemble
Otto is one of the coolest robotics kits for teens for many reasons, but the first is its assembly process. Unlike other robotics kits, you have two different ways to build your robot.
The Maker’s Kits come with the main board, and all of the electronics, circuitry, and tools you need for quick assembly. Only you 3D print the rest! Otto’s open source library of STL files provides new and regularly updated resources to print, expand, and add on to your Ottos.
With all of these kits, there’s no complicated electronic engineering or soldering necessary. In fact, all of the tools you need come in the box. Otto’s external parts can be 3D printed in 8 hours (or less, with a high-end 3D printer), while assembly requires approximately 1-2 hours.
Different builds for different adventures
Beyond standard kits, Otto’s thriving community is constantly improving and showing off their own unique builds. Find add-ons and changes to Otto’s external parts (head, body, arms, and legs) to inclusions of additional sensors, speakers, cameras, and even voice activation.
The range of customization options really is only limited by your imagination. Otto is even super easy to program, but also adapts to more advanced coding languages as your skills develop.
Bring Otto to life with coding in Blockly or Arduino
What about teens taking on their robotics kits completely solo? While Scratch AI and Blockly make coding Otto simple and intuitive, there is also Otto’s Online Academy and a wide curriculum of Otto courses to offer a helping hand.
Maybe your coding skills are more advanced, or you’re looking to practice a new programming language. Otto has you covered! While Blockly is a visual coding language, at the same time it allows you to see lines of text-based code in Arduino alongside its visual blocks.
Use Blockly to improve your knowledge of Arduino, or deploy Otto in Arduino itself, Python, or more advanced languages. You decide based on your level of experience and what programming language you think is best for personalizing your Otto.
Control Otto on any Android / iOS device, on mobile or tablet
What’s better than a walking, dancing, beeping and blooping robot? One you remote control with any Blue-tooth-enabled Android or iOS device!
Otto’s remote controls allow you to teach it dance steps and custom routines, to synchronize with other Ottos, or get into any mischief you can imagine. This little robot can moonwalk like a pro, patrol the house, avoid obstacles, and show a wide range of emotions.
Use controls to make Otto appear happy or sad, confused, victorious, in love, and more. Otto can sound off, display many colors, work as an alarm, or simply follow you around.
Standard Ottos possess 20 programmable movements, 12 gestures with sounds, and a number of codes and interactions. Use these to make your own routines, or develop custom codes to give your Otto a truly unique personality.
Fun for the whole family
Another reason Otto ranks top of its class in robotic kits for teens is the experience it provides for the entire family. No matter the age, Otto entertains.
Very young children can play games on Otto. These not only introduce kids to robotics, but also teach vital hand-eye coordination, emotional recognition, and social skills.
Teens can build Otto on their own, learn to code, and set Otto loose on the world. Program Otto to chase a sibling or grandparent around the house. Teach Otto unique dances, or use custom codes to send Otto into battle with other Ottos in the family.
All the while, parents can supervise and participate in the projects — priceless family-time while playing with robotics in the process.
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