TAMIYA is a little bit late in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) educational kits game but at the end the Japanese company decided to step in and create the new Programming Robot Series. The first model, Microcomputer Robot Crawler, is going to be released on July 20th and includes a BBC micro:bit board (it controls the model when it is finished, and can even be modified with your own unique program).
• This assembly kit creates a robot crawler that runs using a BBC micro:bit microcomputer, ultrasonic sensor and motor driver circuit.
• The robot is an assembly kit model, with a design based upon the popular Tamiya Cam-Program Robot (Item 70227).
• When the ultrasonic sensor identifies an obstacle ahead, it transmits that information to the BBC microbit, which uses a pre-installed program to give the motors commands to avoid the obstacle.
• A program will be available on the Tamiya website allowing the programming of a separately sold BBC micro:bit as a remote controller.
• BBC microbit can also be coded with original programs via computer.
• Requires two AA batteries.