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Educational Robots

Robots for Academic Research and the Classroom



Back in 2000 we developed the Superdroid Trekker, a programmable robot specifically designed for students and academic institutions. At the time, most programmable robots were limited in functionality and inadequate for academic purposes. The Trekker successfully provided students and hobbyists with a robotic platform that was completely programmable with a wide range of functionality. Since the Trekker, we have improved our line of educational robots to feature the latest in microcontroller technology and other accessories such as sensors, cameras, and video feeds.

SuperDroid Robots develops, designs, manufactures, tests, supports, and sells robots every day in our North Carolina based facility. This gives us a unique advantage to be able to provide "off the shelf" components and custom solutions at unbeatable prices for an unrivaled value.

From feature rich development robot platforms to great value Tamiya robot kits, to electrical parts and mechanical parts, we have everything you need to build and learn about robotics and related projects.

For educators and graduate level students, we are happy to help you develop a customized robot curriculum as well as design and build custom robots for you; we have designed, built, and sold countless autonomous Robots. On-board computers, ARM controllers, MicroChip technology, Arduino controllers and shields, and many other control methods are utilized to meet any budget and provide ideal autonomy to your robot project. Since we do everything in one shop from development to sales, we offer the best solution to meet your educational needs. Let us know what you think! Thank you, Charlie Payne, CEO SuperDroid Robots Inc.

Robots for Beginners

We feature Tamiya robot kits. Tamiya's kits are famous for their ease of use and educational value. Beginners will learn the basics of true robotics with these robots as they are perfect for teachers and parents looking to teach kids the fundamentals of robotics. These Tamiya models are not only educational, but simple to put together and fun to operate.

Robots for Hobbyists (Intermediate)

For hobbyists and those with some experience working with robots, we offer a second level of educational robots. We feature Arduino products and robots built specifically to enhance your skills and expand your robotics comfort zone.

Advanced Educational Robot Kits

We have a line of robots dedicated to advanced robot engineers and students looking for a robot project for a graduate level class. WiFi robots, remote presence robots, and sophisticated Arduino powered robots make up this section.


Case Study: SD6 Industrial Autonomous cRIO Platform

The SD6 is an autonomous platform developed in conjunction with National Instruments. It includes an NI CompactRIO embedded controller programmable by the LabVIEW graphical development environment for rapid prototyping and deployment. Other features included a wireless router, two front sonar sensors, rear IR sensor, Tilt IP Camera. Encoders interfaced with the new RoboteQ SDC2130, and more. All of this is preassembled both mechanically and electrically and fully tested. An optional LIDAR sensor can be installed. LabVIEW example programs for the SD6 can be downloaded from ni.com/code/robotics.

For additional information, please see the SD6 product listing TP-600-450, our custom HD2 with an SD6 control system, mast, and FLIR, and the NI example project on Decibel.



Tri Wheel Single Tri Wheel Group

Case Study: Six Tri-Wheel Vectoring Platforms

The University of Mexico had recently ordered a lot of six of our Tri-Wheel Vectoring Platforms (TP-251-003) with xBee Remotes, and an ABS upper-deck for prototyping. Our Tri-Wheel Platform has been a big hit with universities and research for the purpose of teaching both omni-directional movement and autonomy algorithms. The Tri-Wheel design has been shown to be incredibly useful for autonomous designs due to it's speed and agile vectoring movement.



IG52 DB Heavy Duty IG52 DB Heavy Duty Group

Case Study: Five Heavy Duty ATR Platforms

Old Dominion University has purchased five of our 4WD IG52 Heavy Duty Robot Platforms (TP-170-052). The robots were outfitted with powerful IG52 gear motors, Sabertooth 2x25 Motor Controllers, 10 inch tires, and an aluminum upper deck with sensor brackets that can be seen on our Squirrel Chaser Project. One important aspect that this order was unassembled which helps to reduce the cost of the robots but to also serve as a learning experience for students in order to introduce proper mechanical assembly and prototyping practices.



2WD Conventional Steering - Side View 2WD Conventional Steering - Steering Detail

Case Study: Conventional Steering Platform

This order was a custom solution that we developed. The purpose is to provide a smaller scale platform to demonstrate and develop autonomous routines destined for vehicles with conventional steering such as cars, trucks, and buses.


Other Educational Robots:


Watch this vectoring WiFi controlled Arduino robot:

Some of our customers we proudly serve:

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Delaware County Technical Schools
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Duquesne University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washing University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Tech
  • Glynn County School System
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Iowa State University
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Mars Rover Team
  • McMaster University
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering EECS Department
  • Minnesota State University
  • MIT
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Montana State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Oregon State University
  • Penn State University
  • Pennsylvania State University Robotics Club
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • San Diego State University
  • SD School of Mines
  • Shelby County Area Technology Center
  • South Dakota School of Mines
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The Citadel
  • U. S. Naval Academy
  • Union County Schools
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas
  • UT Austin
  • UT-BATTELLE
  • Vigo County School
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Wake Tech Community College (North Carolina)
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
  • Western Nebraska Comm. College
  • Western Oregon Univ
  • Western Technical College
  • Westminster Schools
  • Wilton High School
  • Yale University
Our educational robot kits include robots for higher education and robots for beginners.  Programmable robot Kits and Tamiya robot kits are available as well pre-assembled robots.
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