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Re: [school-discuss] Way cool Linux Robotics web app
Count me in Doug! One thing I discovered when talking to the teacher
today was the concern of how to correlate curriculum goals to Robotics,
particularly in the younger grades. Unfortunately, we appear to have an
environment where teachers worry when they try to be creative, and feel
the CYA urge. So, I downloaded the Georgia curriculum standards, and am
building a matrix for her, here's the start, beginning with Kindergarten
(yes, I believe Kindergarteners will be fascinated with Robots too). I
think the opportunities to enrich both math and science curriculae with
robotics are many and diverse.
Thought I'd mention a couple of projects and facts about robots,
education, and open source:
- most research-level robotics is done under Linux
- there are many open-source robotics and AI projects, including Python
Robotics at pyrorobotics.org, which lets users use Python (I'm involved
with that project)
- you can use Interactive C for many competitions, like Botball.org, which
runs under a variety of OSs. Interactive C is free.
- there is a new project underway to develop educational materials using
robots. See roboteducation.org. I am involved (and so is Microsoft). The
code we are developing will be "shared source" and will not require any
proprietary code. You can read some reviews there
(blog.roboteducation.org) of low-cost robots for education.
I'd be very interested in helping anyone get started in educational
robotics; drop me a line if interested, or post a comment on the blog.
Activity: Explain how the robot moves around via sensors and motors
(sheesh, we could even kill two birds with one stone and get the room a
Roomba vacuum cleaner and let 'em study how it moves)
Curriculum: SKCS2 Students will have the computation and estimation
skills necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations.
Activity: Using Kturtle, explain how the number of turns and the number
of degrees of the turn changes the shape of the polygon drawn by Kturtle
Curriculum: SKCS2 a. Use whole numbers for counting, identifying, and
describing things and experiences.
Activity: Using a solar cell powered robot car, show how it does not run
in the dark but will run outside in the sunlight, showing that the sun
Curriculum: SKE1 Students will describe time patterns (such as day to
night and night to day) and objects (such as sun, moon, stars) in the
day and night sky.
c. Recognize that the Sun supplies heat and light to the Earth.
President and CEO
Georgia Open Source Education Foundation