Arduino Day isn’t just the birthday of a versatile, open-source platform adored by developers and engineers everywhere. It’s a celebration of creativity and technology, of makers and tinkerers, of STEM students and future visionaries. Most of all, it’s a reminder that we all have the ability to build impressive projects without Tony Stark levels of genius or wealth.
So on May 12th, why not take the time to get to know Arduino? To get you started, we’ve rounded up five of the best Arduino online courses and kits that’ll give Iron Man a run for his money.
Since Arduino itself is open-source, it’s only fitting that you should get access to top-tier training materials for the price of your choosing. This collection of 10 project-based e-books covers everything from the Internet of Things to robotics to wearables. Beat the average price and you’ll get them all. Beat the top price and you’ll make the leaderboard and gain entry into a cool giveaway.
Buy now by naming your price for this $315 value.
The key to getting into DIY robotics is to take it slow. And what better mascot for that philosophy than Sloth, the miniature robot you’ll create with this simple learning kit? Sloth is compatible with the Arduino Nano board and can be programmed to walk, kick, and bust a move on command. The kit’s visual programming language simplifies the coding process, so anyone can make their own model. Plus, extras like an ultrasonic ranging module, gesture detection, and customizable flair let you put your own spin on Sloth’s functionality.
Buy now for $49.99, reduced from $59.99.
We know you’re just itching to level up your Arduino skills so you can build and program a full-sized, Knight Rider-esque robotic car that can autonomously drive you and your friends to Taco Bell. But you’ve got to walk before you can run. Start with the SainSmart 4WD Robot Car Kit. It includes a MEGA 2560 microcontroller board to handle the controls and an aluminum robot platform that can be equipped with an array of sensors, servos, RF modules, and more.
Buy now for $77.99, 18% off the regular price.
Helicopters are hella basic. Hexacopters, on the other hand, are 6x more awesome — especially if you build one yourself. This Flexbot DIY kit includes everything you need to do just that: a 40K RPM motor, 500 mAh battery, a “pilot” with a six-axis sensor, and the ability to control it all with your smartphone or tablet.
Buy now for $89.99, formerly $119.99.
Want to go deeper with Arduino? This bundle of three courses provides over 22 hours of lectures and content that will teach you expert skills, and then put them to the test with hands-on challenges. Start with a no-BS robot-making course that will take you into the weeds and back again. Then meet the mBot, the user-friendly robotics platform that will show you how to make a super-smart two-wheeled robot and have a blast doing it. Finally, dive deep into an advanced course on pro-level Arduino tools that will take your projects to the next level.
Buy now for $29, discounted from $300.