Drones, Amazon delivery bots, autonomous spacecraft, your grass cutter, surgical and manufacturing robots, all have a few things in common. They are built and programmed by man and they are designed to sense, feed back and increasingly, to react autonomously to unexpected environmental factors. Robots are mainstream, they are all around us. Medical professionals are experimenting with nanobots that repair internal injuries – soon they will be inside us. They can cost from under CHF 100 to millions a piece. They can travel over land, fly, dive, go into space and into dangerous environments such as volcanoes.
Robotics is a 21st century industry with many specialisms and career possibilities. Robots are a fusion of materials science, sensors, actuators, energy management and nano and micro-engineering, made alive through programming.
The Thymio robot is a Swiss invention and designed for children to give them an introduction to the amazing world of robots.
Thymio is very versatile. It comes equipped with a microphone, loudspeaker, proximity, ground, acceleration and temperature sensors. It can pull things and you can add more sensors to Thymio or build an infrastructure around it. You can add a pencil and instruct Thymio to draw. You can also program Thymio to follow a path on the ground.
Programming Thymio at the Appetizer level is by dragging, dropping and customizing program function blocks. At the Chef level, you can write applications directly using text. Thymio can also be programmed using Scratch, another learning environment used for teaching computational thinking to children.
The Robo Thymio workshop is expected to commence early next year.
- Understanding the basics of computational, logical and systematic thinking
- Understand the capabilities of remotely controlled and semi-autonomous robots
- Understand how to design and develop programs to achieve certain objectives
- Learn basic programming through visual coding (Scratch or Aseba)
- Think through all possibilities in a systematic and logical manner e.g. Thymio detecting, deciding and moving around an obstacle
- Understand the built-in capabilties of Thymio and how these can be extended through building custom hardware and sensor on top of Thymio
- Define certain objectives, build the programming logic for achieving those objectives
- Gain a working knowledge of Thymio, Scratch/Asebo languages
None. This is a Chef/Appetizer level workshop open to any child over 9 years.
- All robots and computers will be provided for the duration of the course.
- Robots and computers cannot be taken home, however Thymio robots are available for sale online and the code that children develop is, of course, available after the workshop.
- Children should bring lunch, snacks and drinks, plus any paper and pens they wish to use.
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