Robots from “Scratch”

We have developed a class that will take your child from the ground floor to being able to jump in running to those robotics classes you have been hearing so much about…

We have 4 super fun robots that increase in difficulty as your child masters each one. This will help your child get ready to take the more advanced Lego Mindstorms robotics classes, join a Lego League or jump into working with Vex robotics platforms.

Stage one: Push button Robots

In stage one students work with their very own robot to learn the very basics of programing robot behavior.

“Program and guide your robot through a course of your own design, learning about pre-programmed robotics behaviors. Design an obstacle course for your ‘bot, and teach it how to navigate using the four buttons: Left, right, forward, and execute.”

Push Button Robot

Stage one: Push Button Robot

 

Stage two: Finch Robot

In stage two students work in pairs with their robot to learn the next stage in programing. They will learn how to work with the graphical interface Snap to learn apply logical and critical thinking and transition to Scratch a more advanced graphical interface.

The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old and when used with Snap graphical interface is a perfect transition for kiddos ages 4-7.”

Stage three: mBot

In stage three students work in small groups with their robot and continue to work with Scratch/mBlock while being introduced to the Arduino IDE

mBot is an easy-to-run robot kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics, robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.”

Stage four: GoPiGo

In stage four students work in small groups with their robot to transition from the graphical programing language Scratch to programing it in Python

The GoPiGo is a complete robot package for the Raspberry Pi. It comes with everything you need to get your Raspberry Pi rolling, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a robust power supply. With so many programming languages and USB accessories available for the Pi, you can turn your GoPiGo into anything from a Wifi controlled robot for exploring the scary spaces behind the couch to an autonomous rocket launching classroom enforcer”

Note: If you are planning on working with Vex IQ or Vex EDR this program will help you to jump right in with very little learning curve. Both programs work with Modkit which is a graphical interface much like the ones being used in this program.