Educational Robot Mimics Computer Programming In Real Life
If this generation of Kickstarter-funded innovators has any say in it, today's kids will grow up knowing programming not just as something they should be getting better at but as an essential, inalienable part of their everyday lives and thinking. Primo and Sphero led the way, but the newest variation on the theme of teaching curious kids and playful adults how to direct a robot is perhaps the most sophisticated yet.
Robotiky, which was researched, prototyped, and developed in just three months and hopes to be ready for distribution by this September, features a modular online interface that connects to the titular robot via USB. The program warms you up with interlocking commands that explicitly state in plain English what they're going to make the little robot do. Later on, however, the direct commands turn into modules in languages like Python, C/C++ and microcontrollers (mbed and Arduino). The consistency of the goals eases the transition from the earlier stages to the ‘big leagues,' from moving around pre-existing commands to typing your own.