I have AVR Atmega8L development board. and a serial programmer for it.
How to get started with this for robotics.
Reminds me of what I did, very strange..or perhaps not. Good advice though.More or less in this order.
Learn to program in C or assembler.
Learn to blink an LED.
Learn to user various forms of serial communications.
Learn to control an LCD.
Learn to control a motor.
Learn to read sensors.