BYOR Education

A very constructive learning process

Lessons for ages 7-15
Motivation by building your own ideas
Possible in 1 afternoon or with a lot more depth
Reuse (free) materials
Design thinking with different roles
Reuse parts in different creations

BYOR | Build Your Own Robot is designed for education. BYOR can be applied in many different ways and at different levels of education. For example, in the form of a workshop, a series of lessons conducted by BYOR staff or employees of the school, or during a study day. The higher the level, the more emphasis is placed on the different steps in the design process. BYOR is an ideal tool for turning ideas into reality in a short time within this process. To get started yourself as a primary or secondary school teacher, various teaching materials and supporting documentation and videos are available.

Quick success and yet a lot of depth

Because the components of BYOR work straight out of the box and easily connect to each other, students can quickly experience success with BYOR. After this initial boost, you can go in-depth in several ways: by applying design thinking with the design cycle and through adding and programming the micro:bit-chip. The BYOR kits come standard with lesson aids. The Schoolkit comes with enough parts for 8 students to work simultaneously and provides (digital) access to the expansive lesson aids. The starter-kit comes with enough parts for 4 students to work simultaneously and standard lesson aids.


Programming with the BYOR kit is easy because all components respond to the same signal. So controlling a light is as easy as controlling the various motors. As a result, programming steps can be taken quickly. Programming with BYOR is done via the widely praised Micro:bit. This is a separate chip that you connect to your Easyboard (brain). From the moment the Micro:bit is connected, the Micro:bit takes over the BYOR brain and starts executing your self-made code. The Micro:bit can read BYOR's gates and control them via code. Creating code is super easy with Micro:bit. For more information, see the video below or the programmer manual on the support page.
Because there are immediate physical results in different ways, new possibilities for connecting components become apparent. For example, the code for a blinking light can also make a servo motor go back and forth. This stimulates creativity in the many applications of programming. The extensive teaching materials in the schoolkit contain 5 lessons about creative programming that use the combination of Micro:bit and BYOR to its fullest potential.

Intrinsic motivation

Having created their own robot with a self-conceived functions, the students are motivated to make this robot respond exactly as they want it to. They can do this by diving into the code and tuning the robot exactly to perform its function perfectly.

Design Thinking in Education

With the BYOR kit, students ages 8 and up can (quickly) build their own working robots. Workshops and lessons with BYOR follow the principles of design thinking using the design cycle to provide an in-depth learning experience. Students start thinking for themselves about their target audience, the context in which their design will be used, the preconditions of their design, etc. They brainstorm and make design sketches. The prototypes they build are assessed by their peers and in some cases actually tested with the target group! At the end of the cycle, the design and test results are presented to the rest of the group.
Because the students work independently in groups, this process lends itself perfectly to learning 21st century skills!

Idea for makerspace and rapid prototyping techniques

The BYOR parts are designed to be easily attached to anything. This way students can craft a real working robot themselves with cardboard, but BYOR also lends itself perfectly to maker education. Design (parts of) your creation with the laser cutter or 3D printer to embed more challenge into the maker process. Ideal if you have access to a makerspace. If you do have a makerspace: on our support page several 3D files are downloadable for free.