Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level 

TH 202: Robotics & Mechatronics 1

Build a WiFi-controlled robot and remote controller

About this Course

The age of robots is upon us. They are in our homes, in our workplace, and all around us in the form of drones, driverless cars, heavy duty machinery, etc. This two-part course introduces you to the world of robots, the mechanics behind them, and what it takes to build a robot from scratch. 

In TH 202: Robotics & Mechatronics 1, you will learn how to build a WiFi-controlled robot and bring it to life with a remote controller (that you assemble, too!)  You will learn fundamental theory, modeling methods, hardware components, interfacing requirements, simulation and programming tools, and practical applications of robotics and mechatronics. To be successful, you’ll need to commit 2-4 hours to complete this course. Our learning portal contains step-by-step instructions and videos to help you build each of the 2 robotics projects. If you get stuck or have questions, you can use our community forum to ask for help or collaborate with others. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be prepared to take the next course in this two-part series: TH 203: Robotics & Mechatronics 2


What You'll Build

2 hands-on projects that teach you how to build a WiFi-controlled robot and remote controller

Project 1: WiFi-controlled Robot

Project 2: Remote controller

What You'll Get

A combination of sensors, modules, acrylic pieces, and smaller components: 

DC motors with gear box

2 Tires

I2C motor driver

9 volt AA battery holder

Robotics chassis

Line finder module

Remote controller plates


Acrylic mounts

Wheel encoders

Steel omni wheel

Thumb joysticks

Base shield

Cables, nuts, bolts

9 volt barrel connector


What You'll Need

Here are some things you’ll need before you get started: 

  • Screwdriver
  • A computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. 
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Working internet connection
  • Arduino software 
The Arduino software is a free application and be downloaded at

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

What You'll Learn

#1: WiFI-Controlled ROBOT

You’ll learn how to assemble the base of the robot and connect it to WiFi to control it remotely. You’ll also learn about infrared waves and create your own web server using HTML and CSS. 


Now you’re ready to control your WiFi robot by building a controller to drive it around. You’ll walk away from this project knowing the basic kinematics and communication protocol behind robot control systems. 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHo is THimble for?

Thimble courses are for students ages 10+. If students are younger, parent or teacher supervision is strongly recommended. 

How much time will i need to commit?

On average, our courses require one month to complete (depending how fast you go). That time will be spent watching video lessons and building projects.  

What if i have no experience in electronics OR code?

We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of electronics, engineering, and code. We assume you have no prior knowledge; all we ask if that you have a hunger to learn.  


Other platforms teach coding only. We teach hardware and software – putting real engineering tools in your hands to learn complex STEM skills used in industry. 


You’ll receive online access to course instructions, video tutorials, and support forums. We’ll ship you the components and tools to build your hands-on projects.

Are thimble courses worth my time and Money

If you want to take in-person courses that cost thousands of $$$, Thimble isn’t for you. Want an intro to STEM that’s taught at a fraction of the price? You’re in the right place. 

What Parents and Teachers are Saying about this Course

"Lots of excitement here in the McGhee household. I'm 49 and almost quit my job to apply to MIT when my son and I made the WiFi robot move! I had visions of Mars Rover 2.0 and interplanetary jetpacks! This is such a great idea!"
Will Mcghee
Sao Paolo, Brazil
"I have gone into Lego and other products for my kids to be competitive in college application processes and Thimble courses are perfect! Our local school system stinks; my senior in high school is a smart kid and wants to attend Drexel in the fall. He cannot compete with the experience levels of some of the students because of the lack of exposure. So anything I can add to his learning with these courses is beautiful! Thank you!"
Roy Donasco
Parañaque, Phillipines

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Next Generation Science Standards