With kids going back to school, it’s about time to start thinking about those fall science fair projects. And what kid isn’t gonna look like a cross between Bill Gates and Dr. Noonian Soong when he walks in with a fully-functioning robot built with his or her own two hands?

For inquisitive kids and beginning tinkerers alike, pick up the Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit, now nearly half off at $79.99 in the TechSpot Store.

Arduino kits are the gold standard for learning, perfecting and innovating automations and robotics. With this package, novices will learn how to program a microcontroller board and use sensors to build one of two cool creations: a robot tank or three-wheeled robot car.

The instructions are all written with the beginner in mind and all the aluminum and plastic pieces are included. Once you’re finished, you’ll not only have a cool new toy to play with, but the knowledge to apply those lessons to bigger projects.

But first things first - pick up the Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit for $79.99 (that's 46% off).