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2024

Makey Makey

Amusing kit for kids to play and learn logic, electronics, electricity. Design your own controller with everyday materials like playdough or graphite pencils. Control your favorite Scratch game while you learn to code.

  • Web site excerpt: Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone. Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip to start inventing the future.

  • Link to site: Makey Makey

Pepper the humanoid and programmable robot |Aldebaran

A robot used in research. This one is a whole body with arms and legs. One comment I heard is that device is a little noisy with motors and audio quality is not great. Also, check out the price!

Petoi Bittle Robot Dog - Perfect Open Source Robotic Companion

Another educational robot encountered at this conference. Amazingly inexpensive. Apparently is Arduino based and not too hard to program. I will believe it when I see it!

ROAMER

Another robot used in education. Quite popular for teaching non-robotics kids,. It combines the latest robotic technology with the science of learning to create an exciting and dynamic educational tool that can help your students understand complex ideas across a wide range of age groups and subjects. * Link to site: ROAMER

Robotics in Education Database from HEART project

The database contains information about a number of educational robots, a small description, their website and videos about their functionality. Based on a number of keywords you will be able to find the robot you are looking for and which may concern arduino based robots, 3d printed robots, robots suitable for STEM education, etc.

robotont

And yet another open source ROS robot kit from another university. It seems that everyone is designing a new robot model for their purposes. I wonder whether it's worth our while to be doing our own as well at Brandeis.

  • Web site excerpt: What is Robotont? Robotont is open-source platform for robotics education and research. It is an omnidirectional mobile robot with ROS (Robot Operating System) support. Development of robotont is coordinated by the Institute of Technology, University of Tartu.

  • Link to site: robotont

PhysicalBits · A web-based programming environment for educational robotics that supports live coding and a...

i saw this at a conference. it's a very nice tool and I think it's been used for real teaching applications

Teachable Machine

A web based tool, free to use, designed for education and teaching. Not heavy duty for professional use.

  • Web site excerpt: Train a computer to recognize your own images, sounds, & poses. A fast, easy way to create machine learning models for your sites, apps, and more – no expertise or coding required.

  • Link to site: Teachable Machine