07 Aug 2020
T: Telephone1300 323 232
07 Aug 2020
T4L innovators Joe and Greig have been testing new robots with great features! You may have already read about some of them in Issue 10 of magazine.t4l, but here’s two more we couldn’t resist sharing with you. All are available on EdBuy.
Intermediate - advanced
IOS (iPad), Mac, Windows, Chrome
Can be programmed using simple building blocks for stages 2 and 3 (think Scratch) as well as text-based programming for stages 4 and 5
Uses the same Sphero EDU App used to program the Sphero Spark and other Sphero Robots that exist in many schools
Packed with onboard sensors including a light sensor, colour sensor and gyroscope
Expandable to be able to incorporate other technologies such as the Micro:bit to add even more capability
With a rechargeable battery, long battery life and loads of sensors it makes the perfect problem-solving tool for the design thinking classroom.
Its coding platform versatility and its ability to expand to incorporate other technologies is something we love.
Beginner - advanced
Anything that works with Micro:bit, but works best with MakeCode. You may need to purchase a Micro:bit to make the product work!
Simple, cheap and versatile robots that use the Micro:bit board as a brain
Familiar MakeCode programming environment makes getting started easy
Many options to choose from that complete different functions and meet different needs
Often requires building and construction - tapping in to students’ engineering skills
The Micro:Bit can be unplugged and plugged in to multiple robots, reducing cost
Using MakeCode both block and text-based coding can be accessed
One thing to note is that it’s often reliant on standard batteries, so recharging is not always easy
It requires a little more commitment than other plug-and-play robots, but this is also a greater source of learning and pushes students towards the deployment of the range of STEM skills!
It’s a simple and accessible robot that is the perfect entry-level tool that will not break the bank.
Beginner - intermediate
Modular construction that allows students to create their very own robot creation that solves a problem rather than fulfils a recipe
Infinitely configurable and compatible with other building tools
Block-based programming language ideal for students in Stages 1-3
Inspires not only computational thinking but can inspire creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
Did you know MABOT stands for Make your own Robot? And that is why I love it!
There is no formula for success, just experimentation, creativity and problem solving! Go on get out there and create!
Seymour Papert (1928-2016) was a South African mathematician, computer scientist and educator and the father of Constructionism. He founded the idea that learners develop problem-solving skills by doing and building. Papert developed a programming language called Logo while studying at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), creating a small robot called the ‘Logo turtle’ which encouraged children to solve problems using this coding language. It was the forerunner to modern robotics and inspired the Root robot reviewed in Issue 10 of the magazine.
Did you know that Papert invented the term mindstorms – to describe how children learned using the Logo language – before he collaborated with LEGO on creating their Mindstorm range?
T4L Utilisation & Innovation Headquarters
Level 8 West, 8 Central Ave Eveleigh 2015
P: 1300 323 232 (via EDConnect)
(STEM Kit bookings)
(Computer equipment rollout)
telephone 1300 323 232
email email@example.com (General enquiries)
Copyright for this website is owned by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education. For more information go to http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/footer/copyright.