Dear Amy: I want to learn how to build robots. How do I get started? — Matt, Denver, Colo.
Dear Matt: Many companies sell robotics kits that include everything you need to build your own robot at home. The kits vary in price and required skill level, ranging from beginner to advanced. Many beginner kits are very affordable, whereas the advanced kits tend to be more expensive. To find out where to purchase robotics kits, visit spark.irobot.com/cool_stuff/kits/discover.
Another great option is to get involved in a robotics club or team in your area, or you can even start one yourself. Members of the team share the cost of a robotics kit, and you can work as a group to solve problems. Teams can also compete in robotics contests. To learn more about robotics competitions and contests, go to spark.irobot.com/index.php/educational_resources, choose your school level and click on Things To Do.
If you find that you enjoy working with robotics and want to turn it into a career, you’ll definitely want to study up on computer programming. Sites like MIT’s Scratch, scratch.mit.edu, make it fun and easy to learn basic programming skills.
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