Build a Mobile Robot (A-to-Z) for Beginners

For People with Some Coding Experience Looking for the Easiest Way to Learn how to use Controllers, Sensors, and Motors.

Our most popular robotics course is designed for students who enjoy hands-on activities and a project-based curriculum and want to build out a robotics project portfolio!

By taking this course you’ll develop foundational robotics skills that will help you develop mobile robots to solve real-world challenges.

This course can boost your resume by giving you key skills in I/O, hands-on prototyping, mechatronics, DC motor controllers, and technical troubleshooting.

You can Build a Robot!

Even if you've never built anything in your life, this course will have you constructing, wiring, and programming an autonomous mobile vehicle. If you have an interest in self-driving cars, robots, and tech, then you'll want to take this course!

  • Full Technical Roadmap: Learn coding and electronics for robotics

  • Work Like an Engineer: Design your own sensor and add features

  • Learn by Doing and Boost Your Critical Thinking Abilities Develop your robot throughout the course!

  • Show Off Your Talent: Walk away with functional projects you can show off to family, friends, and in your career.

What You'll Learn in Mobile Robots for Beginners

This Course is Action-Packed with Pure Technical Fun:

    1. Before we start: why are you taking this course?

    2. Welcome! How to make the most of this course

    3. The important info you need before building your robot

    4. How will robotics help you in your future?

    5. What materials do you need to create any mobile robot?

    6. What is engineering and how do we iterate designs?

    1. What are robots?

    2. How are robots used in various applications today?

    3. Case Study: How are robots being used in construction?

    4. Case Study: How are robots being used to serve beverages?

    5. Case Study: How are robots used to build cars?

    6. Case Study: How are robots used in research and for navigating tough environments?

    7. Reflection: How are robots used in your life?

    1. What is Robotics Engineering, and why does it matter?

    2. BONUS: Article Download (PDF)

    3. Chapter 2 Quiz: What are robots?

    4. Exploring Common Parts You Need to Build a Robot

    5. How to talk about the sub-systems of a robot

    6. Identify and use components on your robot

    7. This "Sudden flow of electricity" can damage your robot!

    8. Chapter 2 Quiz: Parts of a mobile robot

    1. Step 1: How to attach the motors to the chassis

    2. Step 2: What controllers to use and where to mount them

    3. Step 3: How we power our robot (which batteries to use)

    4. Step 4: Connect the electronics using wires

    5. Step 5: Attach sensors to your robot rover

    1. Chapter 3 Quiz: Robot Assembly

    2. Checkpoint: How's the course going?

    3. Make sure your robot is wired correctly!

    4. Which IDE to use when programming your robot

    5. How to access the Online IDE through Learn Robotics

    6. Open the Learn Robotics IDE

    7. What is the difference between Arduino & Clones?

    8. How to Create Your First Robot Program (Step-by-Step)

    9. The #1 Tip that will prevent your robot from breaking

    10. Chapter 4 Quiz: Robot assembly and setup

    1. What are motors and how do we use them in robotics?

    2. How to program our robot using common coding principles

    3. Robotics Lab: Calculate a value using programming principles

    4. Robotics Lab Review: Calculate a value (Step-by-Step solution)

    5. What is the robot's drivetrain and how do we make our robot move?

    6. How to decipher data sheets for any robot component (motors and sensors)

    7. DOWNLOAD (Motor Data Sheet)

About this course

  • By Robotics Engineer, Liz Miller

Meet Liz Miller, your instructor!

Liz Miller is a robotics engineer with 10+ years of experience who has worked at companies such as Raytheon Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and Carrier Corporation.

Enroll in our courses, and Learn Robotics with Liz!

Liz found out that she had a knack for working on robots after accidentally attending a robotics club session. Now, she's on a mission to bring others into the robotics industry.

Robotics = Applied Coding + Problem Solving

Liz has a bachelor's degree in Robotics engineering from WPI and worked as a Robotics Engineer, Automation Engineer, and Manufacturing Engineer at Fortune 50 companies. She's taught thousands of students how to get their start in robotics through online courses, and live workshops through Learn Robotics.

Her students have a 99% success rate and the majority go on to pursue advanced careers, leveraging robotics and automation skills they used from her courses. 🌟 4.9/5

She's also the founder and engineer behind Learn Robotics, a successful robotics training company with over 1 million+ visitors and 10's of thousands of students globally.

When you join a Learn Robotics program, you'll get the power of high-value training backed by industry expertise.

"This "Old Dog" learned how to code..."

~ Dennis Richards Learn Robotics Student

I am a math and physics teacher at the high school level. Due to covid, I had to change jobs. The new teaching assignment includes just math and a coding class. Math of course I am ok with. But coding is another thing. The last time I "coded" was in the '80s as a class(FORTRAN) I had to take in my degree program. I have not needed to use it since. When I was told I needed to teach this class I panicked. After all I am a "Old Dog". My principal signed me up for Learn Robotics Level 1 and 2. I have to admit that I am really enjoying the course. The pedagogy of the course is sound and combines a hands on manipulation of circuits and microcontroller boards as well as easing the student into what would be considered in education as an abstract subject. I cannot see a beginning coding class, for example creating games, as being as effective as well as reaching a more diverse beginning student population than the Learn Robotics course. This curriculum should be easily adaptable to freshmen on up. The plan at my school is to have students take this knowledge and apply it to other physical and biological sciences as well as a STEM diploma Ms. Miller has a good thing going! 🌟 5/5

What Students Are Saying About Learn Robotics

Hint: We can help you get into robotics faster than you think you can...

“I think this course helped me learn how to program in a very basic and easy way and it showed me how to wire a breadboard. I think this course helps to show the basics of coding and is easy to go through and will most likely make you want to move on to a harder course because of what it teaches you. It also is a fun course with a discussion and you can contact other students or teachers.”

“Liz [from Learn Robotics] shares stuff in a way that I understand better, even after paying for a four-year engineering degree. Must-take course if you're trying to break through fundamental concepts without wasting a lot of time.”

“I need to be involved with folks who are just getting started in robotics. I don’t want the technical-robotic information to be over my head, yet. This is the only site I’ve ever come across that stated they were to here help a newbie.
Thank you!”

“The course is very easy and understandable. It made me more passionate about robotics and helped me build a clear view of this field. Thank you, Learn Robotics! ”

“Because of Learn Robotics, my son, Allen, scored the highest score of a 5 in his AP Computer Science Class in the 9th grade and received college credit. Thank you. Continue the great work!!”

“Liz at Learn Robotics is fantastic! As a female planning to become an engineer, our daughter was extremely encouraged by Liz in her work. Thank you Liz for an amazing program!”

How Our Course is Different...

...And will actually help you get into robotics

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're feeling like Learn Robotics might be right for you, the best way to see is by giving us a try. But we understand you might also have questions!

Let's see if we can clear some things up for you:

  • Who is this course for?

    Learn Robotics Mobile Robots for Beginners (Formerly Level 2: Mobile Robotics) was designed to take learners ages 13+ from knowing nothing about robots to being able to understand the robotics industry, write clean code and libraries, and build a working mobile robot from start to finish.

    Our program is simply described as "FUN" and helps you build a foundation for more advanced robotics projects later.

  • Can't I learn all of this on YouTube?

    YouTube is a fantastic resource with more free tutorials than any individual is capable of watching on improving your robotics skills

    We even produce robotics content and free tutorials for robotics hobbyists on YouTube!

    But a side effect of only learning on YouTube is that you'll waste dozens of hours learning the same thing, searching for tutorials only to find partial answers and not having precise exercises designed to help you truly learn the skills you're after.

    If you want to develop your robotics skills FAST, then Learn Robotics courses are for you.

    Plus, what is your time worth?

    This program will save you weeks of frustrating time searching for answers and rapidly increase your technology, coding, and problem-solving skills.

    For some - that's an investment well spent!

    If your time isn't worth that yet...

    ...Stick to YouTube until it is!

  • What if I'm brand new to coding, robotics, and tech?

    That's awesome! You're in the right spot. We cover the fundamentals and step-by-step process in this course. If you follow along, you'll pick up the skills!

  • Does this program use hardware parts?

    Yes, you will need to purchase parts to build your robot. The Hardware Parts are available through Learn Robotics! We wanted to provide you with a flexible option to take this course.

    When you enroll in the course, you'll receive instructions on how to get your kit.

    Please note there's an extra shipping fee for learners outside of the United States.

  • What do I need to take this course?

    You'll need a computer (any operating system), a Standard USB port, and an Internet connection to complete the course.

    We'll send you instructions on how to get the hardware materials upon enrollment (optional, but recommended).

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