Top 10 Programmable Robot Kits for Adults

Mar 20, 2023  | Makeblock

Nowadays technology has gone into the next level and keeps progressing in the blink of an eye. Technology helps our work easier, faster and more efficient. When it comes to age-appropriateness, technology has no age required. Technology is for babies, kids, teenagers, moms, dads, students, workers, adults or more to say, it is for everyone. When you were a child back then, weren’t you a fan of robots? A moving object with a clear purpose is truly captivating. An Arduino is designed to create interactive objects or environments. It comes with many project examples that you can easily replicate, and a powerful robotics platform that you can program to perform all sorts of tasks. So if you are a fan of robots, it is never too late for you with these "Top 10 Programmable Robot Kits for Adults" that even beginners can learn electronics, mechanics, and software.

1. Makeblock mBot Ultimate Robot Kit

mBot Ultimate for kids to build 10+ robots

The name speaks for itself because mBot Ultimate Robot Kit has everything you need to build a robot and you can even build more than 10 robots with this kit. If you are not good at soldering, it is highly recommended for you since it is easy to wire and no soldering is required. What's more, it has a Bluetooth connection that lets you control the robot with your smartphone or tablet. It is recommended for both beginners and experts because of the Makeblock Smart Device App Control (Free of Coding), Scratch Programming (Graphical programming tool suitable for kids) and Arduino Programming.

mBot Ultimate for adults

Makeblock mBot Ultimate: 10-in-1 Robot Building Kit for Students


2. Bioloid STEM Standard Kit


Bioloid STEM Standard Kit is a kit that has 7 example robots and 21 weeks of educational material. It is recommended to follow the STEM standard as it teaches the basic to advanced levels of electronic, mechanical, and programming principles for building your robot. By using this kit, centrifugal force, centripetal force, sound, different gears, steering mechanisms and other principles will be discussed. This kit is not just recommended by adults but also for students since it has a complete training program that will help students if they are just starting into robotics.

3. Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider

Arduino robot alum

Hexapod Spider is a popular device to use with Arduino, but what sets the Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider for Arduino kit apart is its realistic appearance and highly articulated leg and body design that closely resembles that of a real spider. This is because it can move in all directions thanks to its DOF Leg (Degree of Freedom Leg). It comes in two different colors, black and silver. You only need batteries to power it and you could easily start making your very first robot project.

4. SunFounder Crawling Quadruped Robot DIY Kit


Crawling Quadruped Robot kit for Arduino includes everything you need to build a crawling quadruped robot and control it with wireless remote control. 18650 rechargeable lithium battery is all you need to power it. It’s a four-leg mobile robot and each leg has three joints driven by servos. Using the remote controller included in the kit, you can easily observe and control the robot remotely with the sample sketches provided to move it forward, backward, left, and right, or do other movements. The kit uses the SunFounder Nano board as a control. A SunFounder Servo Control Board integrates battery, servo, Nano board, and nRF24l01 wireless module. This kit is equipped with a SunFounder Mobile Robot Remote Controller so that you can observe and control the robot remotely. It is recommended for small types of projects.

5. Official Arduino Robot Kit

The list will not be completed without the Official Arduino Robot Kit. It is used without soldering required. It is easy to use. Just pop in the included color LCD screen, load up the Arduino IDE, plug in the USB cable, and you’ll be ready to load any one of the included example programs. The robot comes with a number of integrated inputs; two potentiometers, five buttons, a digital compass, five-floor sensors, and an SD card reader. It also has a speaker, two motors, and a color screen as outputs, and plenty of prototyping space and TinkerKit connectors for expansion. It even includes 4 rechargeable AA batteries and a charger.

6. Makeblock mBot Ranger

mBot Ranger; a 3-in-1 robotics kit

mBot Ranger is a 3-in-1 programmable robotics kit for beginners or experienced users alike, offering a hands-on learning experience that combines programming, engineering. With its sleek and modern design, mBot Ranger is not only visually appealing but also packed with advanced features that make it an excellent tool for exploring the world of robotics.

mBot Ranger is equipped with a range of sensors, including an infrared sensor, light sensor, and line-following sensor, enabling it to navigate through various environments and respond to different stimuli. It is compatible with over 500 Makeblock electronic and mechanical parts, as well as LEGO bricks, and can be compacted for easy storage and transport.

mBot Ranger for building robot from scratch

Makeblock mBot Ranger: 3-in-1 Robotics Kit for Building Robots from Scratch


7. DFRobotShop Rover V2

DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (XBee Kit) is a versatile, programmable robot tank kit. Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin-motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. This is based on ATMEGA328 surface mount chip (Uno design) and L298P H Bridge. It has a solder prototyping area and an easy connection to DFRRobot Bluetooth. It also has an effect of 6x Blue LEDs around its board and 4x LEDs to indicate motor direction. The kit also includes 2x XBee transceiver modules and XBee-USB but XBee headers need to be soldered.

8. Zumo Robot Kit V 1.2

Zumo Robot Kit

Zumo robot for Arduino is an Arduino-controllable tracked robot platform that includes two micro metal gear motors coupled to a pair of silicone tracks, a stainless steel bulldozer-style blade, an array of six infrared reflectance sensors for line following or edge detection, a buzzer for simple sounds and music, a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro for detecting impacts and tracking orientation.

This kit contains most of the parts you need to build an Arduino-controlled robot. It consists of a Zumo Shield for Arduino, v1.2, a Zumo chassis kit, and a Zumo blade. You will need a pair of micro metal gear motors, four AA batteries, and an A-Star 32U4 Prime or Arduino to complete your Zumo robot but motors, batteries, and Arduino are not included in the kit and must be bought separately.

9. SainSmart Mega 2560 4WD Mobile Car Robot Kit

top-10-programmable-robot; SainSmart Mega 2560 4WD Mobile Car Robot Kit

As a game-changing educational robot built to unlock the potential in every learner, the RoboMaster S1 features a modular modular design, providing you with DIY device-building fun. The S1 features six programmable AI modules, giving kids an immersive introduction to the technologies of tomorrow. Each Mecanum wheel is made up of 12 rollers that give the S1 omnidirectional movement. The RoboMaster S1 supports Scratch and Python programming. Younger people can program S1 features like lighting effects, gimbal movements, and much more. Inspired by DJI's annual RoboMaster robotics competition the S1 provides users with an in-depth understanding of science math physics programming and more through captivating gameplay modes and intelligent features. The S1 seamlessly combines competitive gameplay with math and physics knowledge to make learning more fun than ever!

10. Robotic Shield Kit

The Robot Dragon takes first place as the coolest robot toy for kids! The kit includes 606 pieces and kids can use Blockly to make the dragon's snout glow red or blue and activate its wings to flap, giving children fully imaginative play while learning. It is equipped with a range of interactive features that enhance its playability. It can move its wings, walk, make sounds, and even breathe mist depending on the model. These features make the dragon come to life and provide an immersive play experience for kids of all ages. As the JIMU Robot app and the Robot Dragon kit are designed to be compatible with other JIMU Robot kits, children would like to expand their creations by combining different kits and unlocking even more possibilities for building and programming unique robotic creations.

Robot kits can help you build your own robot and program it to carry out a variety of tasks or actions. Some robot kits are allocated tutorials so that even a beginner can operate them. Kits like Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider for Arduino Six 3DOF Legs Robot Frame Kit, SunFounder Crawling Quadruped Robot DIY Kit and SainSmart Mega 2560 4WD Mobile Car Robot Kit can only carry a specific task or the robot can only stay as it is because of the limited parts it has.


To sum it all up, MakeBlock mBot Ultimate and mBot Ranger are perfect choices for anyone looking to build his/her own robots. This comprehensive kit includes all the necessary components, making it the ultimate choice for robot construction. It is also worth the price because you can make more than 10 different robots with this kit. It is never too late for beginners to build a robot with these kits and surely experts would also love these robot kits.