Robotics

Take coding from the screen into reality with classroom robotics.

Robotics

Since you’ve found yourself on this page, it’s likely a result of one of either excitement or dread. Either way, you’ve entered into a pretty cool dimension in the world of twenty-first century teaching and learning. Again, our goal here is to expose students to robotics. 

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rahter than provide ready-made knowledge. 

Seymour Papert

Mathematician, Educator, Researcher, Computer Scientist, $100 Laptop Visionary

So, where do you start?

Start with something simple. On the coding section of this website, we mentioned Ozobots. These little robots are great classroom robots for a few reasons.

  • They’re affordable
  • They are a one-piece device, which means no lost parts
  • They can receive code in a number of different ways:
    • 4 coloured markers on white paper can code the bot.
    • drag and drop code on a tablet can program them.
    • drag and drop code on a Chromebook can program them.
    • Write your own code to program them.

Are there other choices?

There are lots of choices in the area of robotics for classroom teaching and learning. Here are a few more that may interest you. Of course, it goes without saying that these are compatible with a Chromebook environment.

Cue

The award-winning Cue robot is designed for kids who have an interest in coding. Cue will help them transition from block-based code to state-machine and text-based programming.

Sphero

It’s a robot. It’s a ball. And it started it all. Drive, play games, learn to program, and more with Sphero.

Lego Mindstorms

These robots give you the full EV3 experience, complete with building instructions, programming missions and the programming tool included