[squeakland] Any Recommendations for Teaching Robots

Ricardo Moran richi.moran at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 12:12:14 EST 2009

Hi Steve!
We've been working on making Etoys a good platform for teaching robotics,
check out our blog (it's in spanish, sorry): http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira

I would recommend using Lego Mindstorms Nxt or Arduino, depending on the
kids age. Arduino is cheaper but I believe Lego Nxt is more suitable for
working with children (that's just my opinion, though).

Of course, both can be controlled from Etoys:

Lego Nxt for Etoys: http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/?page_id=79
Arduino for Etoys: http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/?page_id=196

<http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/?page_id=196>You should also get in touch
with the guys at Planète Sciences, they've been teaching robotics with etoys
for a while now (


On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 2:49 AM, Steve Thomas <sthomas1 at gosargon.com> wrote:

> I am going to be teaching a course in Robotics starting in late
> January/early February, any suggestions on the which robot/robot parts to
> get?
> Kids: Age 10-13, they are familiar with Etoys.
> I am actually considering using Scratch for this (sorry) but I think its
> good for kids to learn a second language. I may have them also try to
> program it in Etoys as well to test/help develop their understanding.
> In any case I want to be able to use the same robots for teaching with
> Etoys in the future.
> Ideally I want inexpensive and mobile.
> Also any good ideas for problems to give them would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Stephen
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