I recently wrote about a module drone platform from SkyWorks. The Eedu is designed for educational use that can be pre-purchased through it’s KickStarter campaign for $449. My concern with the Eedu, is that the crowdfunding campaign is underfunded. To date, SkyWorks has not reached 50% of their $100,000 goal.
Great news for STEM students that are interested in robotics and drones, SkyBot is another educational drone platform being crowdfunded. With a funding goal of $6,400, SkyBot has a better chance of meeting its funding goals.
According to the SkyBot team, “SkyBot is an intelligent (and affordable!) complete robotics kit for anyone interested in drone technology! SKYBOT is a uniquely designed and affordable complete drone robotic’s kit for anyone interested in building their first drone.”
When we began working on SKYBOT, our goal was to make hands-on drone learning platform for both students and professional engineers. This meant making SKYBOT small and lightweight, yet durable enough to take with you anywhere. Intelligent enough so no piloting skills were required, and most of all, pricing SKYBOT at a point that makes it affordable.” Freddie Hernandez, Head of Marketing
We run hands-on robotics programs to excite students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. We Developed “DRONE ROBOTICS” which offers an engaging program at “The Boys and Girls Club of America”, in- and after-school classes at local BGCA around greater Los Angeles. Our program is for K-5 to K-12 students who work on cross-platform robotics integrating all the STEM fields. We started with just a few students and in the last year alone have been able to reach hundreds – and we hope this is just the beginning! We are so excited to present SKYBOT!
We engineered SKYBOT from the ground up through several software development life cycles to optimize function while staying affordable. We continue to work with students to make our designs appealing, and work with experts in the area of 3D Printing to improve our designs. We BETA tested and field-tested SKYBOT with a small group of students and the response has been remarkable. This is the kit we wish we had growing up!
Our 3D Printed Micro Fabricated Frame ensures high precision and durability. The unique SKYBOT Hexagon shape is optimized to minimize weight with higher lift. We give you the flexibility to design your own projects with included Tinker Cad software on our website at www.skybot.la the 3D Printed Design may be modified and purchased via Shapeways.com allowing you to develop a newly constructed frame for your SKYBOT!
We are currently developing an assortment of new projects following the guidelines provided by the FAA. The SKYBOT kit is flexible and can be used anywhere in the U.S.
The following are key features of SkyBot:
- Quad-Rotor platform for understanding of drone lift
- Standardized Quad-Rotor Hardware
- Hexagon-Basket design to minimizes weight while in flight.
- Fully accessible control board
- Slide in LIPO battery pack
- Additional support blades
- Develops practical knowledge of aerodynamics by using real electronic components
- All for a low cost!
- New Robotics Kit
The SkyBot kit includes:
- 3D Printed Micro-Fabricated Shape (made locally in the US)
- STEM control board – micro-controller receiver
- USB cable
- Quad – Motor
- LIPO Battery
- DC 5V Charger Box
- LED communication
- Power switch
- 6 -AA battery holder
- Battery cover
- Easy to follow instructions
- No soldering required
Interested in seeing the SkyBot in action? Check out these videos:
SkyBot Robotics Kit
Amazing 3D Printed Drone
Kids Review Amazing 3D Printed Drone