Breaking through frustration fueled disruption
The computing curriculum contains various elements however "Programming" seems to put people off from the outset.
The two programming languages generally used are the drag & drop "Scratch", with a transition to a scripted language such as "Python".
If you are just starting out with programming either as a student or teacher, the coding, interface & logic can be very daunting.
We have designed our kits so that it doesn't matter what programming language you use, and we allow our robot arm or car to be
controlled using any device with a web browser, for example via an iPad.
In our experience, students 5 years and up, can use the buttons with ease - we then ask the question, "What do you want the arm to do?"
The student would answer, "Move the elbow up", and they can by clicking "ELBOWUP" button. But they can also type it in, following an example, and when they click "Send Command"
the robot arm moves the elbow up. By adding blocks of these commands in an Algorithm, the student can "Code" the arm to move. - Utilising this engagement and enthusiasm has then proved
pivotal in getting the student into more complex coding on things such as Scratch.