Otto DIY Maker Kit

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The Otto DIY Maker Kit is a perfect choice for both beginners and makers alike. Otto can walk, dance, make sounds gestures and avoid obstacles in this starter version but you can always upgrade, expand and customize with extra sensors and 3D printing.

The Otto DIY Maker is the perfect STEM+A robot kit for parenting or school education and includes what you need to run a STEM class at home. Get started with the basics of electronics, programming, and coding. No prior knowledge is necessary – the kit will guide you through exciting building, introducing basic robotics concepts and developing important 21st century skills, such as problem-solving and critical thinking.

The Otto DIY Maker Kit is the more economical option of their two STEM kits due to to the lack of plastic enclosure parts included in the kit. Luckily, you can 3D print the plastic parts using the free .STL files found in the Documents tab. If you don't have easy access to a 3D printer, this may not be the right kit for you. Make sure to check out the Otto DIY Builder Kit instead, which includes all of the robot enclosure pieces you'll need to fully assemble the 'bot!

  • 4x nylon micro servo motors with set of screws.
  • Arduino Nano Microcontroller Board
  • Arduino Nano I/O Shield
  • USB cable
  • Ultrasonic sensor
  • Buzzer
  • DuPont easy to connect cables F/F
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Rechargeable battery with charger is already included!
  • Printed Instruction Manual

Note: This Otto DIY Maker Kit does NOT include any of the plastic shell parts (head, feet, legs and body). Check the Documents tab above for the free .STL files to print them yourself. If you do not have access to a 3D printer, we recommend the Otto DIY Builder Kit instead.

Otto DIY Maker Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

2 Robotics

Skill Level: Rookie - You will be required to know some basics about motors, basic motor drivers and how simple robotic motion can be accomplished.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • Member #1725997 / about 2 years ago / 1

    My students really enjoyed building these! And they gained a lot of confidence now knowing that they can do something like build a robot!

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Really not worth it

I bought this to evaluate its use for a STEM class. I would not recommend using this kit. Three of the four servos were broken, wires broke off the power switch when installing, it does not include all of the hardware that you need (not all required screws are included), for the price - not a genuine Arduino board, poor build quality on the ultrasonic sensor, no documentation for the battery charger/booster. Sparkfun sells, but does not support this kit. They could not help me out with the broken servos.

The wires broke off the battery holder and I had to solder it back and the usb cables are too short.