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Which robots are we using in Surrey schools and why?
There are many robot systems out there. Many are a bit like toys and others are more advanced but incredibly expensive (out of reach for schools). Lego is the main robotic system used with other clubs and many primary schools. Unfortunately, Lego is a bit limiting. It uses what we call ‘proprietary technology’. That’s technology/programming that has been developed by a company and is bespoke (not open source). That means if you want to collaborate, open up, add-to and develop your own variation of it.. well… you can’t. That allows the company to control their product and charge a lot for it. Sorry Lego, we don’t want Lego to teach our coms4kids club members.
At coms4kids we use the Makeblock range of robotic systems. These were born from the ‘maker community’ (an open source community that makes all sorts of amazing stuff and has genius contributors from the age of 8 to 80). Our robots use an Arduino Microprocessor at their core. That means they can pretty much do anything you want. Just search Youtube for the best Arduino projects around the World. Check out house Christmas lights to music, drones, 3D printing or plant watering devices and you’ll see, the only limit to this system, is your imagination. Here’s an inspiring TED talk about Arduino which tells you all you need to know.