Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Algobrix Robotics with Physical Coding Bricks



Algobrix is a new way for kids to learn to code with physical blocks that can be joined together and used to control a robot. The Algobrix Kickstarter campaign is now live.

Algobrix takes a 'tangible coding' approach in which kids learns by getting hands on with physical objects. Of course this also has the advantage of encouraging physical play.

The robots you build with the range are called Algobots and are are controlled with an Algobot Brain central unit. The designs look like they'll really appeal to kids.

The range includes output bricks for sound, LED lights and motors. You can also add sensor bricks so that Algobots can react to light, sound, touch and nearby objects. Algobots can be floor robots that move around or robotic machines.

The physical coding blocks include function blocks that are used to program Algobots and parameter blocks that are used to customise function blocks. The blocks light up as they run to help with understanding and debugging.

Algobrix is LEGO compatible and targets a broad age range from 4 to 14 with a variety of kits. The range includes Activity Boards and Cards that provide challenges for kids to complete.

There are tutorial videos available that explain to parents how kids will learn key computing concepts using the kits.

It's also worth noting that the Algobot brain is Arduino compatible which gives some interesting options at the older end of the age range.

Check out the Algobrix campaign on Kickstarter.




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