A little while ago my son was showing some interest in robotics. His birthday was coming up and we were having trouble deciding between a beginner robot kit focused more on construction or lots of bits and pieces.
The kit we looked at was the Elenco OWI ATR – All Terrain Robot:
The alternative was to build a robot based around Arduino. There are many robotics kits out there but I liked the idea of investing in Arduino as the basis for exploring robotics. I figured we would get the Arduino Uno, a few shields to control motors and sensors and whatnot, throw some wheels on it, and blammo, have a robot.