Monday, June 3, 2013

Kids and Robotics

Yesterday a friend and I went to Tangleball to have a play with Arduinos to see if they could be used in the classroom....

They're great kit. Readily available, very cheap and loads of free documentation. BUT quite complicated.

Meanwhile, Lego Mindstorms is horrendously expensive, in New Zealand only made available to schools, through a supplier in Australia who isn't great at communication... but they're simple

Nowadays we've got 3D printers (which can be used for printing things other than guns) and of course, Arduinos. Do we need Lego Mindstorms? How much fun would that be? Throw in opensource software, downloadable 3D models of various blocks and the like, some really basic electronics and a whole lot of lesson plans.... and you've got something normally horrendously expensive made accessible. That $1,200 Reprap becomes something infinitely useful...

I'm starting to think this could be a kickstarter project....

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