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Robotics for Intermediate

Started by Lynne Crowe 29 Nov 2016 6:33pm () Replies (11)


We are wanting to start some robotics groups in 2017. This year we have had a play with Scratch and some Sphero robots. We have recently been to a demo of VEX IQ and are keen on what that has to offer. We have also looked at lego robotics. Our problem is that we mainly use chromebooks. We have a couple of windoes machines per class, sets of chromebooks and one small set of ipads. With byod, most of our students have chromebooks! 

So while cost is a consideration, we are wanting some advice on what path we should take. We envisage having some students with quite advanced coding knowledge down to the keen novice. 

If we had groups of around 20 students, how many 'robot' kits would we need? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • Linda Baran (View all users posts) 30 Nov 2016 8:34pm ()

    I agree with Emma, that the EV3 may be worth the initial cost outlay. Lego is so reliable and easy for all ages to work with (we are using them with Year 3-8, one eV3 between 2 students).  The sensors work well, you have the option of datalogging and we have also purchased science add-on kits that can be used to investigate renewable energy (solar, wind).   There are a few grants around - our PTA managed to fund 6 EV3s through a grant application.

    Chromebooks would be a bit limiting for robotics - most robots (I think VEX and EV3 anyway) would need PC or Mac to run the software.  I can't think of any robotics software that works in the cloud that would be compatible with Chromebooks.

  • Linda Baran (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2016 6:45am ()

    Hi Lynne

    Modern teaching Aids:  http://www.teaching.co.nz/product/LEG45544-1

    We started with 6 kits, but with small groups, maybe 3 kits??  Expensive, but there is so much flexibility with them.  

    This is the science expansion kit - it's really good!!  http://www.teaching.com.au/product/LEG25576N

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