Is there any reason why a robot for educational learning should be programmed before being used in the classroom? After all, this is supposed to be an educational tool, more awesome technology to bring learning up to par for today’s fierce and competitive real world environment. Right?
Today there are a series of Robot Kits available, where students assemble the various parts, to perform any number of activities and functions, or simply learn programming skills.
One of the first is EZ-robot (http://www.ez-robot.com/). This kit is made with the student in mind, and allows them to build humanoid, hexapod and rover style robots. The clip and play technology shows them how to create and customize step by step. So the first benefit is creating a personalized robot from scratch.
Next, is programming, and since this particular kit is expandable, it can go from beginner to expert.
A community forum is also available for troubleshooting any issues that may come up. Prices start at $149.99 and up, so it is affordable. Response from the company’s online chat to questions was prompt and informative.
Another robot named Nao (https://www.aldebaran.com/en), is an $8,000 humanoid that does not come as a kit, but is completely programmable for beginners up to more advanced users.
This robot has been successfully tested in over 70 countries, for teaching about robots from elementary to university for computers, programming and science.
Equipped with two cameras and a sort of gyro unit that tells whether it’s up or down, sensors for touch, quad directional microphones and a limited 25° of movement.
So the basic configuration is there, and the programming seems to be nearly limitless as a teaching instrument. What a way to learn!
Programmable Robots and Kits are looking like a scratch on the surface of what’s to come in terms of teaching aids in our schools, at all levels. Does this pretend to spell the end of teachers in our classrooms? Hardly! Teachers come completely assembled and have limitless capacities. They too, are programmable!