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  • Easy to build and fun to play!
  • LEGO compatible. The possibilities are endless.
  • Supports & teaches Scratch, Python and Arduino (C++) programming.
$59.99
What is Itty Bitty Buggy?

Itty Bitty Buggy is Microduino’s newest STEM educational toy that has endless design possibilities and exciting configurations.

The Itty Bitty Buggy kit comes with a base Buggy plus four opportunities to build a sloth, a ladybug, a dodo bird and an alien. 

Want to modify one of the projects or create your own? Perfect! Itty Bitty Buggy is programmable in Scratch, Python or Arduino. Each project is controllable over Bluetooth with our app (Android / iOS). 

family playing with Itty Bitty Buggy
Why Itty Bitty Buggy?
Because A STEM Toy Can Be Fun, Creative & Educational!
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At Microduino, we deliver on our goal of sparking creativity, thinking skills and applying logic through play.

Itty Bitty Buggy is a code programmable toy (CPT). A user can add remote control functions, color recognition ability and voice control. 

All of Microduino’s STEM toys are LEGO compatible, too, so the possibilities for creating something extremely unique with Itty Bitty Buggy is a within reach of every child with an imagination.

Controlled over Bluetooth

Itty Bitty Buggy is controllable via Bluetooth using your Android or iOS device.

Image of Itty Bitty Buggy working with Bluetooth
image of a map that Itty Bitty Buggy can use to trace lines with the vehicle
Intelligent Line-Following

Your Buggy will follow a line map which you can draw. It will make its journey along the lines. Change the lines and your Buggy changes its direction, too!

Voice Control​

Voice control allows you to talk to your Buggy and tell it what to do.

image of Itty Bitty Buggy voice recognition with commands and microphone
image of the Itty Bitty Buggy and its ability to product musical notes
Musical Color Recognition​

Your Buggy will recognize colors too! Every color represents a musical note, so you can also create a beautiful musical world.

How does Itty Bitty Buggy work?
image of Itty Bitty Buggy's core features

Itty Bitty Buggy is fun to build! The programming is easy to understand so even beginners and those new to the maker world can create their very own Itty Bitty Buggy.

With programming instructions included, creating an Itty Bitty Buggy teaches kids the logic behind the function while they are building and playing. The end result is two-fold: 

  • Learn how to build a versatile, exciting toy that can perform many functions.
  • Use and apply logic, and problem solving.

The programming skills they learn are mDesigner (based on Scratch), Python, and Arduino (C++).

Itty Bitty Buggy is truly an educational toy that lowers the barriers to STEM education.

Hardware
Features mCookie Series modules

Itty Bitty Buggy hardware is based on the Microduino’s mCookie series. Learn more about the mCookie series here.

Programming
Supports Scratch, Python, and C/C++ (Arduino). Buggy helps cultivate interest and logical thinking of programming, and provide more opportunity for kids to learn and practice programming.
Drag and drop coding with mDesigner

mCookie series stackable modules can be programmed using drag-and-drop coding using mDesigner. mDesigner is based on MIT’s Scratch 3.

Users will be immediately familiar with the standard Scratch interface, but with added support to control and interact with our mCookie modules. This method is great for beginners learning to code.

Microduino uses Scratch 3.0
Python coding with mDesigner

mDesigner also provides the option of programming with Python.

Text based coding with Arduino IDE

mCookie series modules can be programmed in the traditional text based coding using the Arduino IDE with added Microduino support. This method allows the user to access the full potential of the modules.

Projects
image of the Itty Bitty Buggy base module
Buggy

A mobile vehicle controllable over Bluetooth with the smartphone app. The Buggy has 3 different modes: 

  • Remote control mode – manually control Buggy from the app.
  • Line following mode – Buggy automatically follows along a black line. Use the included map or draw your own!
  • Music mode – Buggy detects colors along it’s path and plays different notes accordingly.
Sloth

Sloth is the climbing form of Itty Bitty Buggy. It is capable of traversing objects such as shower curtain rods or even a length of string.

image of the Sloth created with Itty Bitty Buggy
image of the Itty Bitty Buggy ladybug
Lady Bug

This Itty Bitty Buggy form is capable of walking and resembles a lady bug. It shares a common ability with Buggy in that it can follow lines from the track we provide, or draw your own.  As with all the other projects, Itty Bitty Buggy is controllable with the app.

Dodo Bird

An interesting curiosity — the Dodo bird is a flightless bird which has gone extinct. Re-animate the Dodo with this form of Itty Bitty Buggy and watch its hilarious wing flapping motions!

image of the Dodo Bird made with Itty Bitty Buggy
image of the alien one of the creatures made with Itty Bitty Buggy
Alien

It is unknown whether or not extraterrestrial aliens truly exist. But with this form, Itty Bitty Buggy takes on the appearance of a bipedal alien. Don’t be afraid as you are in control of the Alien with your smartphone/tablet app!

...But wait, there's more!
image of the Itty Bitty Buggy expansion kit coming late 2018

After Itty Bitty Buggy is introduced, an exciting expansion kit with additional projects and accessories will be launched. Cool features such as artificial intelligence (AI) applications, facial and color recognition will be added to the core hardware platform. Skilled users can challenge themselves to manipulate new concepts and push their imaginations even further. All expansion kits will include LEGO® compatible pieces, sensors and modules.

Itty Bitty Buggy is truly a versatile, STEM toy that is also a project-based educational experience. Itty Bitty Buggy is customizable, providing exciting opportunities for kids. We encourage them to dream up all kinds of creatures that are able to perform tasks and go places they have only imagined. 

What's Included
Resources

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About Microduino

Founded in 2012, and based in Westlake Village, Calif., Microduino is an award-winning global designer, developer, manufacturer and seller of stackable electronic building blocks, related components, and in-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning systems which encourage and enhance inventors’ creativity, imagination, and ingenuity through project-based learning.

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