Robotics Resources for Homeschoolers @roboweek #NationalRoboticsWeek #RoboWeek #MakeRobotFriend
Here’s a roundup of some great resources for parents and teachers of homeschool kids on robotics! Why teach robotics? Robotics offers studentsan introduction to coding, engineering, real-world problem solving, and direct experience with a field of science that will continue to transform our world in profound ways. From the Home Education Association of Virginia (HEAV):
An understanding of robotics begins with an understanding of basic machines–and what better way to learn that than through play? These five simple robotics projects can be made with only a few inexpensive supplies, some of which you’ll likely have in your home. These are perfect for young kids and beginners, and may help spark some interest in reluctant learners…. This “Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Robotics” includes a ton of information about how to teach robotics in your homeschool, what you need to research, pitfalls to avoid, how to choose a robot kit or curriculum, and online tools and resources.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.