Parallex ActivityBot Robot Kit

Parallex ActivityBot Robot Kit


ActivityBot Robot Kit

Learn real-world engineering skills with the friendly, capable, and peppy ActivityBot. It’s a great option for first-time robot-builders, as well as for an intro to technology and engineering courses in high schools and colleges.

Step-by-step web tutorials take you through programming its multicore Propeller chip, wiring circuits on a breadboard, and building sensor systems so your robot can navigate on its own. Following the checkmarks gets you to the fun fast, with optional links for added learning.  Tutorials are available with BlocklyProp graphical programming or with C language and simplified libraries — choose your preference, or go from one to the other for a strong foundation and progression.

The ActivityBot is ready for tinkering with off-the-shelf components, additional sensors, and upgrade kits. The Activity Board sports a mini audio jack and a socket for an optional RF module (not included).

Key Features:

  • Easy to program in BlocklyProp or C language
  • Propeller Activity Board WX (#32912) makes it quick to integrate sensors, motors, and more
  • High-speed servo motors with optical encoders provide fast, consistent maneuvering
  • Breadboard and 3-pin headers let you experiment with common electronics parts, no soldering or proprietary connectors required
  • Component kit makes navigation systems that use touch, visible light, infrared light and ultrasonic sensors
  • Built-in SD card slot and microSD card are ready for data-logging and file storage

Application Ideas:

  • A great hobby kit for exploring electronics and programming
  • An affordable STEM education platform to provide a high robot/student ratio

Notes: The ActivityBot requires five 1.5 V AA batteries, not included.  ActivityBot Robot Kits shipped after 3/7/2016 contain the Propeller Activity Board WX (#32912).

  • Power requirements: 7.5 VDC; as five 1.5 V AA batteries (not included)
  • Communication: USB 2.0 for programming and serial port debugging
  • Dimensions: 4 x 4.5 x 5.7 inches (10 x 14.4 x 11.5 cm) assembled, without sensors
  • Operating temperature range: 32 to 113 °F (0 to +45 °C)

Kit Contents:

Where’s the Book?

We chose web tutorials for the ActivityBot so we could:

  • Bring you fresh updates, new activities, and bonus projects faster
  • Add more sensors, instead of more paper, to your kit
  • Choose a box that fits the assembled robot, instead of a book
  • Save on weight to lower your shipping costs and use less fuel

To work off-line, go to the first page of the web tutorial and click “Printer-friendly version” to save or print the entire tutorial from a single file.

SimpleIDE Propeller C Software for Raspberry Pi – 110.13 MB | updated: 17 Feb 2016 – 2:25 pm
Parallax Small Robot Comparison Chart – 256.58 KB | updated: 02 Jul 2014 – 11:57 am
SimpleIDE Propeller C Software for Linux – 146.48 MB | updated: 17 Feb 2016 – 11:32 am
SimpleIDE Propeller C Software for Mac – 71.8 MB | updated: 30 Jan 2017 – 3:10 pm
SimpleIDE Propeller C Software for Windows – 78.85 MB | updated: 30 Jan 2017 – 2:59 pm

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 9 in
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