|Educational Objective(s)||STEM and programming education|
|Language:||English, Italian, French, Dutch|
|Number of Pieces||1|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||31 July 2017|
|Mfg Recommended age||9 year and up|
|Item Model Number||90092FBA|
|Product Dimensions||20 x 16.5 x 12 cm; 1.6 Kilograms|
Makeblock mBot Ranger - Transformable STEM Educational Robot Kit, Blue (MB90092)
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|Item dimensions L x W x H||20 x 16.5 x 12 centimetres|
|Age range (description)||96 months to 1440 months|
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- The Off-road Land Raider, Dashing Raptor and the Self-balancing Nervous Bird are the three pre-set forms that students can use to base their own designs on.
- Choose your foundation and you get a head start in your next robot match or muddy road race.
- mBot Ranger is equipped with a powerful Me Auriga mainboard and comes with six types of sensors
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Ranger includes around 100 mechanical parts and electronic modules. The Off-road Land Raider, Dashing Raptor and the Self-balancing Nervous Bird are the three pre-set forms that students can use to base their own designs on. Choose your foundation and you get a head start in your next robot match or muddy road race. Ranger is equipped with a powerful Me Auriga mainboard and comes with six types of sensors: Light sensor, Ultrasonic sensor, Line follower, Gyroscope, Temp sensor, Sound sensor, which make robots more versatile. The sensor enable the robot to perform advanced functionality including avoiding obstacles, following lines, keep its balance, and more.
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Invent New Creations
The mBot Ranger is an advanced robot for young inventors. Learn as you go technology challenges children to grow with their creations. The mBot Ranger can be assembled in as little as 45 minutes. Once your child has mastered the first robot, they have a multitude of options to design their own creations. There are hundreds of add-on parts and packages to help enhance your mBot Ranger or create new robots. Unleash your child’s imagination with the mBot Ranger!
Learning to program is like playing a game – improve with every level you pass
The mBlock Blockly App integrates block-based programming knowledge into a game with lots of enjoyable levels. Young inventors can also create their own commands by simply dragging and dropping pre-coded commands in the app and seeing mBot Ranger response. You can also switch to Ardunio C text-based programming with one click, to continue advancing your skills. With multiple integrated functions, Ranger is the ideal companion for children as they explore the world.
Fuel Your Child’s Creativity
Create something entirely new with the mBot Ranger kit. The mBot Ranger robot kit is compatible with major building blocks. Like magic, you can create a whole new robot by combining mBot pieces with major building blocks. Encourage your child to combine pieces from their old building kits for more fun activities. By doing so, you can help improve their creativity and stimulate your child’s interest in science at the same time.
|mBot(Bluetooth Version)||mBot Ranger||Ultimate|
|Building Time||About 15 minutes||About 45 minutes||About 90 minutes|
|Bluetooth Controller(need to be purchased separately)||✓||✓||✓|
|mBlock Software||macOS: 10.10.0 and higher; Windows: XP/7/8/8.1/10; Chrome OS; Linux||macOS: 10.10.0 and higher; Windows: XP/7/8/8.1/10; Chrome OS; Linux||macOS: 10.10.0 and higher; Windows: XP/7/8/8.1/10; Chrome OS; Linux|
|mBlock APP||iOS 9.0 and higher; Android 4.4 and higher||iOS 9.0 and higher; Android 4.4 and higher||iOS 9.0 and higher; Android 4.4 and higher|
|Block-based Programming (Based on Scratch)||✓||✓||✓|
|Compatible with Major Building Blocks||✓||✓||✓|
|Battery Requirements||4 pcs AA batteries or 1 pcs 3.7V 1800mAh Lithium||6 pcs AA batteries||6 pcs AA batteries|
Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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It's pretty pricey and other generic arduino robots can probably do 99% of what the mBot range can on half the budget. As arduino is open source, there is the potential for incorporating third party components with the Ranger to increase functionality but this is yet to be tested.
The connector for the hypersonic sensor is a bit dodge and sometimes doesn't give a reading. One of the two light sensors was also playing up the other day and we were getting the same lux read out for both. This was a problems as we were programming it to follow a torch based on higher intensity on one sensor or the other.
All up, a great purchase that is well worth the money if you can afford it.
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I purchased three different Makeblock robot models for our three girls. This mBot Ranger is for our middle girl who is 9 years old. The first build was the tank. I let my daughter do the complete build on her own although I did tighten a couple screws when she was done. I was there the entire time to guide her and explain the instructions but she did the wrenching, had fun and it was good father daughter time. The build was easy for her but not too easy. We mistakenly put the larger wheels on the rear of the treads which made the treads too tight. Once this was fixed we downloaded the MakeBlock app on the iPhone and were ready to go, or so we thought!
The app said that we needed to update firmware so I downloaded the Makeblock app on a windows laptop, connected the bot via USB and attempted the easy update but it failed. After much troubleshooting I ended up changing the MakeBlock App Board setting from mBot to Auriga and was able to update it fine. Once this happened it was off to the races, literally.
The next evening my daughter disassembled the tank and built the self-balancing “Nervous Bird”. This did not take her very long and she did it without my knowledge so she had no help. She likes the “Nervous Bird” so much that she has not built the race car yet but she did help her 6 year old sister build the mBot starter without help as well.
I would like to point out that this is not just a remote control toy you take out of the box and play with. These are made to build and learn from so the problems we ran into are all part of the experience. When we got stuck I combed through the forums and found the answers or just tried different things. Now that the sample builds are functional we can get into the programming in Scratch, this is where the real fun will start.
If there was any fault I could point out it would be that these robots eat through AA batteries so I did order a couple 12v, 6000 mAh rechargeable Lithium battery packs for the bigger robots. This should supply more and longer lasting power!
The couple of challenges we faced in this build, I believe you can quickly and easily overcome by reading this review. If you run into a problem we did not, the MakeBlock forums are a great place to find the answers. You will just have to sift through posts from people who gave up or expected this to be handed to them. Each of our girls love their robots. This is a good introduction to robotics and a great platform for learning programming and the Arduino.
Two aspects of this product are great, and another aspect needs a lot of improvement.
The two aspects that are great are the build/construction process and controlling the robot with your phone using their app. The instructions are great and the process is fun and easy.
The aspect that is very difficult is the programming part. Makeblock has a Mac/Windows program called mBlock which is not intuitive, and unfortunately the documentation is not easy to follow. I played with it for quite a while and made zero to no progress. Makeblock needs to make their software easier to use and improve their documentation. They also need to make debugging easier. For example, the ultrasonic distance sensor didn't seem to measure distance correctly, and I had no way of knowing why. I found the ArcBotics Sparki to be much better for programming.