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Arduino

Arduino

Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software.

 

Official website:

https://www.arduino.cc

 

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General decription:

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Many various options available at https://store.arduino.cc

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.

 

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Info for teachers:

Arduino is intended for anyone making interactive projects, irrespective of age or school level.

A worldwide community of makers – students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals – has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike: http://forum.arduino.cc/

There’s also a whole Arduino Education portal with a wealth of resources for users: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Education

All STEM related subjects

Arduino programming language

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Bell Robot Kit

Bell Robot Kit

Bell Robot Kit

Bell is an educational robot kit equipped with a full range of unique and comprehensive concepts aimed at developing and nurturing an interest in robotics, computer science and engineering.

 

Official website:

https://adamarobotics.com/products/bell

 

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Bell can be controlled remotely using the mobile app available both on the Android and Apple store. Bell’s mobile app has gravity mode, draw line mode and rocker mode.

You can Download the Bell Controller APP from here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robotics.bell&hl=en_IE

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£59.99 per item

Simplified and quick assembly program because of the various integrated components, which saves you time.

The whole assembly process of Bell is super quick and it takes approximately 10 minutes.

Info for teachers:

Primary school, Age 10+

You can download the Manuals from here: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13PPUr3MDauVTOXNj-iGaG5ESQQYZj07n/view?usp=sharing

In addition there is a series of video tutorials on:

  • What’s inside the box of Bell Robot Kit?
  • How to assemble the robot
  • How to control it with mobile app
  • LED Dot Matrix with Bell Robot
  • Buzzer Lesson
  • RGB Lights Lesson
  • IR Remote Control
  • Tracking Lesson
  • Measure the distance with Bell Robot

Bell teaches the user foundations and principles of robotics, computer science and engineering through its active involvement in learning approach.

Helps in teaching STEAM subjects:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics.

AdamaScript is a visual programming language based on Scratch 2.0 (Windows only), which makes programming more user friendly and teaches you computational thinking.

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Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese!

 

Official website:

https://www.learningresources.com/product/learning+essentials–8482-+stem+robot+mouse+coding+activity+set.do

 

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General decription:

  • Winner, ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2016 – Learning Play Category
  • STEM 10 The Toy Insider 2016 Award Winner
  • STEM approved™ by STEM.org™
  • Parent’s Choice Recommended Award Winner 2017
  • On the reviews on internet 75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Information and materials in Swedish language:

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$59.99 per item

In Finland 595 Kr per item from Lär &Lek

Info for teachers:

  • Age 4+
  • Grade PreK+  STEAM

The race is on to build hands-on coding skills!

You can build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese!

The set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide hands-on introduction to coding concepts. You can create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. You can add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse, sold separately.

Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

STEM/ STEAM activities science, math, art and engineering activities

By choosing the right buttons and arrows on Colby the mouse you code it.

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Cubroid

Cubroid

Cubroid

Introducing Cubroid, the world’s easiest coding block set that allows children to explore the world of technology and gain exposure to coding! Through dynamic connective blocks and simple coding, Cubroid offers a fun and educational experience for children to express their creativity.

 

Official website:

https://www.cubroid.com/

 

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General decription:

LEGO-compatible

 

Materials in Estonian language:

  • Cubroid Coding App
  • Cubroid Tablet Coding App
  • Cubroid Controll App

$150.00 per item

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Info for teachers:

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, english language

Scratch

Primary school – Secondary School, Age 8+

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Cue Robot

Cue Robot

Cue Robot

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.

 

Official website:

https://www.makewonder.com/robots/cue/

 

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Materials in Polish language:

 

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$199 per item

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Info for teachers:

11 years +

Library of in-app demos, tutorial, and challenges, Cue supports kids’ self-guided exploration of programming languages, robotic capabilities, and personally meaningful projects. English.

STEAM education

  • Java skript
  • Blocked-Based
  • Wonder
  • Avatars

Built on Microsoft’s MakeCode platform, the Cue app gives kids the autonomy to choose from one of four personalities, plus explore multiple programming languages.

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Dash and dot

Dash and dot

Dash and dot

Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think! … Maker materials can be added such as lego, tape, cardboard and more to transform your robots! Dash and dot also have educational accessories that can be purchased to support art, music and engineering.

 

Official website:

https://www.makewonder.com/robots/dash/

 

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General decription:

Materials in Estonian language:

There are several apps available on the website: https://home.makewonder.com/apps

There are also dedicated apps for Android and IOS.

There are competitions like this one organised: https://www.makewonder.com/classroom/robotics-competition/

From $150  per set including: 

  • 1 – Dash robot
  • 1 – USB Charging Cord
  • 2 – Building Brick Connectors

Info for teachers:

For the age range (6-12) Dash and Dot create amazing engagement with children, delivering strong lessons in logical progression and problem-solving.

All the materials come with the apps you choose to work with. The possibilities are almost endless, a lot of teaching ideas for almost all the subjects.

You can get a lot of accessories that go whit Dash and Dot: https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/page/22B6C160-760F-4934-A5E5-FA676AA49356?ingress=2&visitId=8b9ce699-3302-4c8d-a41c-a9666ddd85a1&ref_=bl_dp_s_web_11656503031

Encourage students to continue building critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills for tomorrow’s job market.

The durable and child-friendly robots are a safe and easy way to encourage STEAM learning in your classroom.

Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think! Students use block coding on four different iPad apps to control their robots. 

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DOBOT Magician

DOBOT Magician

DOBOT Magician

A lightweight multifunctional extendable desktop robotic arm for practical training education. It can be used for 3D printing, laser engraving, write and draw and grabbing objects.

 

Official website:

https://www.dobot.cc/

 

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General decription:

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$1,699.00
+ $99.00 shipping Amazon

Up to now, DOBOT Magician has been successfully applied in many institutions such as Tsinghua University, Shandong University, University of Technology Sydney and more. Enterprises such as Volkswagen, Alibaba, Tencent have established cooperation projects with DOBOT Magician.

As the good performance both in hardware design and software application, DOBOT Magician has won the CES 2018 Innovation Award, iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, Red Dot Design Award 2018 and 2017 Red Star Design Award.

Swedish product info:

 

Info for teachers:

  • High school and STEAM education. It offers a lot of functions that will benefit not only students but also engineers and computer programmers.
  • Intermediate and advanced levels.

DOBOT Magician is a multifunctional desktop robotic arm for practical training education. Installed with different end-tools, DOBOT Magician can realize interesting functions such as 3D printing, laser engraving, writing and drawing. It supports secondary development by 13 extensible interfaces and over 20 programming languages.

STEAM education, high school level and higher education.

This robotic arm addresses both beginners and coding experts by supporting most major programming languages, such as C++, C#, Python, and Java, while an MIT programming language for kids named Scratch is also available, which one can find under the name Blockly here. 

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Elenco Line Tracking Robot

Elenco Line Tracking Robot

Elenco Line Tracking Robot

The Line Tracking Robot will follow a black line drawn on white paper by using two photo interrupters. Create different routes with black electronic tape or a black marker and see what your Line Tracking Robot can do!

 

Official website:

https://www.elenco.com/product/line-tracking-robot/

 

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General decription:

$29,95 per item

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2xAA batteries required but not included

Info for teachers:

Age 14 and older

There’s a manual of how to assemble and use the robot in English.

STEAM

The Elenco Line Tracking Robot Kit uses sensors to follow a route that you draw for it.

This line following robot uses two photo interrupters to see black lines drawn onto white paper. Use a black marker or black tape to plot your robot’s journey and watch it go.

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Ergo Jr

Ergo Jr

Ergo Jr

Ergo Jr is a low cost arm designed for education, easy to build and modify.

 

Official website:

https://www.poppy-project.org/en/robots/poppy-ergo-jr

 

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General decription:

Starting from 50 EUR. Full set costs 319 EUR

It is a robotic arm, consisting of 6 motors allowing life-like movements and 3D printed elements. The use of rivets make the assembly, modification and reassembly easy. Ergo Jr comes with three tools for different interactions with its environment: a lampshade, a gripper and a pen holder. 

The robot is controlled with a Raspberry Pi board, and a camera helps it interact with the world. 

Everything in the robot is let transparent and accessible to promote an educative approach and an interactive technology.

The Poppy project is a community-centered robotic project. It targets the needs of a multidisciplinary community where researchers, teachers, artists, and robotic enthusiasts can share their work and ideas.

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Info for teachers:

Not specified exactly. Rather for older students, at age 14+

Dedicated platform for educational use of Poppy (in French) https://www.poppy-education.org/

Manual of the Poppy Project covers everything from the short overview of what is possible within the project to the details on how you can build a Poppy robot or reproduce one of the pedagogical activity https://docs.poppy-project.org/en/ 

It comes with a set of pedagogical activities, developed with high-school teachers, ranging from the discovery of the robot and how to control it to more complex and integrated project. These activities are accessible for free on the project’s forums.

An ideal medium to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Snap! – Python – C ++ – Java – Matlab – Ruby  – JavaScript

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Mabot

Mabot

Mabot

AI STEAM toy which let kids build, customize, and program robots, exploring mechanics, engineering, coding, and developing STEAM skills.

 

Official website:

https://www.bellrobot.com/mabot.html

 

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General decription:

Mabot starter kit $199.00 from Amazon

  • ToyAward Winner 2019 Category Startup. Has got several good reviews on social media and from reviewers on the internet.
  • DIY humanoid, tank, gorilla, vehicle or any other robot with Mabot and program it with Mabot Apps on your smartpfone or Ipad.

 

Swedish review on the Mabot kit

 

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Info for teachers:

  • Age 8+
  • Beginners and intermediate levels
  • Modular design, easy to assemble
  • Multi-angle plug for multiple forms of robots
  • Hot-plugging function allows easy accessibility and uninterrupted gaming
  • Compatible with Lego

The robot is developing the children’s skills to build, customize, and program robots, exploring mechanics, engineering, coding, and developing STEAM skills.

Block programming in an Scratch based app

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Micro:bit

Micro:bit

Micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

 

Official website:

https://microbit.org/

 

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Info for teachers:

Primary and Secondary school, Age 8+

Coding, design, science, art, math, music, sport, dance

It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more.

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MimicArm

MimicArm

MimicArm

MimicArm is easy to build, easy to use a programmable robot that grows with the child’s ability. A DIY robot with a collection of robots, sensors and programming tools for both beginners and programming experts.

 

Official website:

https://mimicrobots.com/

 

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General decription:

MimicArm is easy to build, easy to use a programmable robot that grows with the child’s ability.

It suits everyone, from robot novice to veteran programmer. Thanks to the intuitive manual mode children as young as 5 are able to use mimicArm immediately. When the child is ready, the simple yet powerful programming software gradually eases you into programming concepts and the pre-programmed experiments start simple to guide you every step of the way. The experiments incrementally increase in complexity until you’re able to program using genuine C code, just like the professionals.

Vimeo user Brett Pipitone has several tutorial videos and lessons on his Vimeo page  https://vimeo.com/user18380378

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MimicArm Novice Kit $199 from Mimicrobots

Info for teachers:

  • Age 5+
  • Beginners, intermediate, advanced levels

From manual mode to block programming and coding.

Math, science, motion physics, developing STEAM skills

MimicBlock and Arduino programs

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MotionBlock

MotionBlock

MotionBlock

Multi-form programmable robot kit.

 

Official website:

https://store.makeblock.com/products/motionblock

 

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General decription:

Makeblock – a standard app for controlling and programming Makeblock robots.

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$449 per item

MotionBlock’s mechanical and electronic components are designed to perform a wide range of functions. As the modules are simple to combine and easy to work with, you can build one of the ten cool preset forms, or even reimagine your robot. 

Materials in Polish:

 

Info for teachers:

Age 14+

Educational Resources for Makeblock Products available at http://education.makeblock.com

Supporting STEAM education

From Scratch to Python

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Nao robot

Nao robot

Nao robot

NAO is a tremendous programming tool and he has especially become a standard in education and research.

 

Official website:

https://www.softbankrobotics.com/emea/en/nao

 

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Yes, for instance, there have been tournaments where the robots play soccer. There are also NAO challenges.

NAO is the first robot created by SoftBank Robotics. Famous around the world, NAO is a tremendous programming tool and he has especially become a standard in education and research.

NAO is also used as an assistant by companies and healthcare centres to welcome, inform and entertain visitors.

It has been used with kids with autisms to help them communicate with others.

 

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Price: $9,000

The pack includes:

  • One NAO Power V6 (Dark Grey)
  • 1 Charger and 1 Battery
  • 2 years of warranty
  • Unlimited Choregraphe Licenses
  • User Manual
  • Full SDK and API
  • RobotLAB Support 

Available: https://www.robotlab.com/store/nao-power-v6-standard-edition 

 

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Info for teachers:

Students 7 years and older.

Pepper and NAO easily create an empathetic link with students & researchers by their eye-catching appearances, moderate sizes and humanoid behaviours.

Proven by various studies and researches, the main characteristics of our humanoid robots meet perfectly the instructional goals in education. They are enabling new ways for pedagogy and classrooms.

Being connected, the robots are able to search the latest teaching materials at a centralized level, generate, update and adapt their behaviour and content to fit local conditions and audience. 

Nao can speak up to 21 languages and provide translation via Cloud services, allowing you to develop the language skills of students.

Pepper and NAO are versatile and high-performing robots to meet the expectations of researchers. They are advanced platforms for the in-depth study such as human-machine interaction, cognitive computing and autonomous navigation, etc.

They are advanced platforms for in-depth study such as human-machine interaction, cognitive computing and autonomous navigation, etc.

Reading, Writing, learning a new language, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Geometry, Programming.

NAO can be programmed using several programming languages, including C++, MATLAB, JAVA, LabVIEW and Python. Instead of using the drag and drop boxes in the Choreograph, they’re going to get our NAO robot walking and talking using coding.

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Ollie

Ollie

Ollie

It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s app-enabled. Get in the driver’s seat with Ollie and command this app-enabled racing robot to execute tricks and dominate every inch of turf, trail, and track.

 

Official website:

https://www.sphero.com/ollie

 

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General decription:

The Ollie app is used to control Ollie without programming. 
The Sphero Edu app is used for programming Ollie.

It´s connected to Sphero Edu.

Now it costs $79,99. That´s on the official Sphero website. 
On Amazon you can buy it for lowest of $ 53,99.

Ollie can make up to 100 tricks and can be used outside.

Materials in Polish:

 

Materials in Estonian:

Info for teachers:

Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, middle school, or high school

Sphero has expanded Lightning Lab. Teachers can create an account for themselves and their students.  Through this account, teachers can send assignments to students digitally. (I couldn´t find the app, maybe it´s not available in Iceland?)

https://www.sphero.com/education/professional-learning-and-resources/ is a website to introduce Sphero robots for teachers.

With various kind of lessons you can use Ollie in almost every subject.

In an educational environment, subject matter such as sight words, colors, vocabulary words, and math facts can be placed on the floor.  Then, teachers can give students definitions, words, or numbers and students use a device to roll the robots to the specific word or number.  This is a fun, simple way to review material.

In the Edu Sphero app uses Scratch blocks or you can write your own JavaScript text programs.

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Otto DIY

Otto DIY

Otto DIY

An interactive robot that anyone can make. Easy to 3D print and assemble, it walks, dances, makes sounds and avoids obstacles.

 

Official website:

https://www.ottodiy.com

 

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General decription:

Otto parts can be downloaded and printed for free. You can also buy a set for 30-40 EUR

All Otto DIY are truly Open; files are available for FREE, find the list of electronic parts, 3D printable files, then follow the detailed and easy step by step colorful guides about building and how to start coding, print them to use in STEAM classes, robotic workshops or personal use to simply make and build your own Otto.

Otto robot is not just about electronics and programming, it is also design. Altering Otto’s appearance with cutouts, paper craft and 3D printed accessories develops the child’s creativity as well as other indispensable qualities, such as concentration, perseverance and attention to detail.

Info for teachers:

From beginners up.

Useful resources in the Otto blog https://www.ottodiy.com/#blog 

All STEM and STEAM related subjects

Scratch based block programming, Python, Java.

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Ozobot

Ozobot

Ozobot

he tiny Ozobot robot can teach young kids programming. Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds — and teaches kids programming. … Ozobot can identify lines, colors, and codes on both digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper.

 

Official website:

https://ozobot.com

 

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General decription:

app: Evo by Ozobot

Classroomkit from $1200-$1800 

Many different items for sale for schools or home on the website on variable prices.

Info for teachers:

From Kindergarten to year 12

The Evo and Bit Classroom Kits come with 12-18 robots, guides, student handouts, accessories, and everything you need to introduce Ozobot’s two ways to code to your students. Get started screen-free with Color Codes markers and advance online with OzoBlockly visual programming. Both Kits are for grades K-12 and offer an affordable, portable way to teach coding, computer science, math, art, history, and other subjects way beyond STEM. Only Evo has extra programmable features, from sounds to proximity sensors, and an app for instaling updates and new features.

All subjects, it depends on the topic you choose to download. Depends on age and there is also five different types of product filters on the home page.

Color codes or Ozo Blockly

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Pepper

Pepper

Pepper

Pepper is the world’s first social humanoid robot able to recognize faces and basic human emotions. Pepper was optimized for human interaction and is able to engage with people through conversation and his touch screen.

 

Official website:

https://www.softbankrobotics.com/emea/en/pepper

 

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General decription:

Teaching assistant
These robots are the perfect STEAM education assistance platform. Deploy easily customized teaching activities on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups, to challenge students & promote positive behaviour, and finally to follow and monitor their progress.

Programmable device
Pepper is fully programmable with graphical interface, or directly with the SDK & coding tools;

  • An entirely integrated plugin for Android studio to add compatibility with Pepper to Android applications

The robots’ SDK gives access to the complete set of features of NAO and Pepper. It is available in Python, C++, and Android.

Info in Polish:

Weegree One – Pepper

Price: $24,990

 The pack includes:

  • 1 Pepper Robot with Charger & Battery
  • Unlimited Choregraphe Licenses
  • Full SDK and API
  • 3-year Warranty
  • RobotLAB Start-up Instructions and Support
  • Engage! K12 Site License for Pepper Robot for 3 years

 

 

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Info for teachers:

Students 7 years and older.

They are advanced platforms for the in-depth study such as human-machine interaction, cognitive computing and autonomous navigation, etc.

Reading, Writing, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Geometry, Programming

Pepper Robot has easy to use software that can be used in schools to practice computing and programming. Pepper can also be used for inspiring and accompanying kids for physical and intellectual exercises and supporting the social & emotional skills development.

Drag&Drop, C++, Python, Java

Permit coding in a secured environment with resistance & avoidance. The main tool for programming on Pepper is Choregraphe

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Robotis Dream II

Robotis Dream II

Robotis Dream II

ROBOTIS DREAM is SCIENCE – ROBOTIS DREAM helps you understand not only the principle of movement, but also speed, force,   principle of a leverage, elasticity and inertia.

 

Official website:

http://www.robotis.us/dream/

 

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General decription:

  • R+Design
  • R+Design App

$ 219.95 Dream School Set

ROBOTIS DREAM enables you to create bipedal, quadrupeds, hexapods, as well as other different robots. Expand upon the original robots by using sensors to create more interesting robots.

The new DREAM II series now has 5 levels and 60 robot examples. All plates, rivets, motors, parts, etc. can be used interchangeably between the old DREAM sets and the new DREAM II sets.

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Info for teachers:

  • Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Mathematics.
  • English language

Incorporated in the App

Primary school, Age 7+

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Root

Root

Root

This robot is magnetic and can be placed hanging on to a magnetic whiteboard like the kind used in school classrooms.

On a whiteboard Root can move around. drawing pictures, patterns and letters/numbers that its been pre coded to produce.

 

Official website:

https://rootrobotics.com

 

Other online channels:

General decription:

Root the robot was developed during robots and coding in schools research done at the Harvard University.

Coded Root is capable of producing drawings, music and can even be used for making fun games.

The robot has built-in color sensors and it can be coded to follow a specific color line through a maze of lines in different colors. Other sensors include hearing sounds and seeing light.

Block coding using the iOS app (Root Coding)

PS! iOS support only for now but an Android app in the making.

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European countries can order Root from amazon.com and the price/robot is $199 + shipping and import fees for around $77.
Robot and software is not open source.

Info for teachers:

  • For the children in age 6+.
  • Beginners, intermediate, advanced level.

The coding app (in English) for iOS has a help menu that is intended to be of guidance when getting started with Root coding.
For teachers, there are right now materials being made but one of it has yet been released.

On youtube, there are a lot of videos from users about Root and presentations of what you can do with the robot.

Math, science, motion physics, arts, music

Block coding using the iOS app (Root Coding)
PS! iOS support only for now but an Android app in the making.

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SAM LABS

SAM LABS

SAM LABS

Giving you the tools and support to make the most of your lessons, SAM Labs makes learning interactive and engaging. It seamlessly connects software and hardware with lesson plans that cover a wide variety of subjects, making learning about coding accessible, experimental, interactive and fun.

 

Official website:

https://int.samlabs.com/

 

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General decription:

€ 449,00 – Course kit classroom size

SAM Labs kits are bursting with wireless electronic blocks that each have a personality of their own. From lights to motors to sliders to buzzers, every Bluetooth-enabled block can connect to the others via the app to do something different. Press a button to turn a light on!  Use a light sensor to activate an alarm! With the app, students can code the behaviours of blocks in any way they can imagine, enabling them to make anything from simple reactions to complex creations in minutes.

Students can use SAM Labs to design, write and debug programs, applying sequencing, selection and iteration. They will use logical reasoning to write algorithms, incorporating variables, inputs and outputs. Using the blocks and app, they will learn to control and simulate physical systems.

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Info for teachers:

https://int.samlabs.com/pages/teaching-materials

SAM Labs projects give you inspiration and step-by-step instructions to bring creative ideas to life in your classroom, making coding fun and exciting for your students. Supported with videos, the projects are a great starting point to help students come up with their own ideas. Students will be having so much fun, they won’t notice that they’re learning about how to design algorithms and programs to control and simulate physical systems!

SAM Labs helps both teachers and students discover coding in an accessible, fun and interactive way. The lesson plans and guides created for teachers, by teachers, make integrating SAM Labs into your classroom quick and easy. SAM Labs is aligned with international education standards to ensure projects and lesson plans can be used across the curriculum to benefit all teachers and all students.

 

S.T.E.A.M., Programming

Block based:

    1. SAM Space 
    2. SAM Blockly

Primary school. Age 8+

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Scribbler 3

Scribbler 3

Scribbler 3

A robust, easy-to-use S3 robot. Simple enough to set up in minutes. Programming, robotics, and even integrating math and art are all possible with the S3.

 

Official website:

https://www.parallax.com/product/28333

 

Other online channels:

General decription:

$199.00 per item

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The Scribbler 3 (S3) robot is good for students and teachers to begin their STEM/STEAM journey.  The robust, easy-to-use S3 robot is simple enough to set up in minutes, and is powerful enough to teach engaging activities throughout the school year.  Programming, robotics, and even integrating math and art are all possible with the S3.

Info for teachers:

  • Age 8+
  • Beginners and intermediate levels

Both graphical programming tools reveal the underlying text-based code – C for BlocklyProp and Spin for the Scribbler GUI – for advanced users.

  • STEAM programs combining art with robotics technology and math.
  • After-school robotics clubs.
  • Robotics and programming competitions.
  • All levels.

The BlocklyProp online tool is the S3 robot’s primary programming environment Free BlocklyProp graphical online programming on Chromebook, Windows, and Mac.

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Skribots

Skribots

Skribots

Skribots are customizable 3D-printed robots that anyone can design, print
and program.

 

Official website:

https://skriware.com/robots/skribots

 

Other online channels:

General decription:

Working with tablet or smartphone compatible with the wide range of iOS and Android devices, Skriware’s mobile application allows you to control Skribot remotely and program it using an approachable, graphical interface.

Skribots Creator will let you design, customize and prototype your own Skribot and print it on 3D printer. A smart tool linking design with engineering and electronics in an engaging form.

Not specified

163 EUR per item

Info for teachers:

Not specified

STEAM–based interdisciplinary approach

With Skriware’s mobile app.

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Sphero SPRK+

Sphero SPRK+

Sphero SPRK+

The Sphero SPRK is a robotic ball which takes the mechanisms used to control toys such as the BB-8 droid and uses them as a way to teach children and adults the basics of coding.

 

Official website:

https://www.sphero.com/

 

Other online channels:

General decription:

Sphero Edu app available for download on iOS, Android, Kindle, Mac, Windows, and Chrome.

SPRK+ is just a matter of selecting that particular robot from the list of options (which also includes Sphero 2.0, Sphero Mini, and BB-8) and tapping your phone against the ball. Once it’s connected, the robot will light up and be ready to use. It employs Bluetooth for the connection, and has around a 30m range.

More apps for Sphero https://www.gamecrate.com/5-best-games-play-your-sphero/7917

Yes, for example the Chariot Challenge, Bridge Challenge and the Sphero Robotics Challenge.

$129.99 per item

Info for teachers:

For beginners. Children from 6 years old can use it.

Program a painting. Navigate a maze. Mimic the solar system. Swim across the water. Have a dance party… The only limit is your imagination.

 

SPRK+ will foster a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM principles… all through play.

Now you can program your Sphero with blocks or text-based code. Kids can learn to program the robot with blocks then evolve to coding with OVAL which, in turn, can help familiarize them with how C, C++, Python, Ruby, and other languages work. However, coding your Sphero with OVAL is not required. OVAL simply provides a path for kids who want to evolve from block programming to other languages.

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Zowi

Zowi

Zowi

Zowi is an engaging toy which will help children discover how technology works.

 

Official website:

http://zowi.bq.com/en

General decription:

There’s a site with discovery projects with challenging activities for kids: http://zowi.bq.com/en/category/projects 

80 Euro per item

Zowi has three preloaded modes: walking/avoiding obstacles, dancing and responding to touches on the head and nearby sounds.

Can be customized in a thousand different ways with downloadable cutouts, and if you have access to a 3D printer, you can print new casings to give Zowi a new look.

 

Info for teachers:

Learning occurs in a contextualised way: by programming Zowi children learn the logical connection between code and action, and by disassembling it they understand how its components, and electronics, work. It is also the ideal companion for developing STEAM skills. Via the projects, children exercise mathematical thinking, reinforce their technological and physical knowledge and enhance abilities such as problem solving and creativity. Through play and experimentation children can learn about this technological product in a fun and educational way.

Age 7+

Only basic introduction to Zowi at http://zowi.bq.com/en/parents-teachers

It can be programmed with Bitbloq – a programming tool that’s simple to use. It lets you create your own tunes or program Zowi to react to sound. You can also add new sensors to it and program them via Bitbloq.

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