This resources are physical computing devices that involve a variety of programming languages.
Bee Bots are great for early learners 3K-2nd grade. These fun robots use directional arrows that will help students learn the concepts of step-by-step directions. These adorable bees use Terrapin Logo, one of the first programming languages. Some of the 'old timers' might remember the Logo Turtle on the green screens of the first Apple computers. Check out this article and video to learn more!
Ozobots use a visual-block programming language called OzoBlockly. If your students have already used Code.org fundamentals, they will be familiar with using a visual-block language. Adding these physical computing devices allows for students to create artistic drawings and provide a digital learning tool in which students can become creators of content, rather than just consumers of content.
Wonder Workshop has a variety of robots and activities for students. Similar to the Ozobot, these robots a bit larger in size. Their size helps reduce the need for frequent calibration of the sensors, but the products do cost a bit more than the Ozobots. At the current time, ozobots run about $50 per bot, while a six pack of dash robots run $795. The Wonder Pack + Curriculum Bundle runs another $375.
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The Finch is a versatile robot that runs of a multitude of programming languages:
This major benefit of a K-12 purchase of the Finch Robot is that it can be used with all grade levels, beginning in upper elementary.
There are a variety of games and books that help introduce students to the concepts of computer science.
A fun game for the whole family! This creative board game has players collecting potatoes and learning about the following computer science concepts:
Hello Ruby is the world's most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, games and apps.
Her two physical books are published in over 20 language. Her first book, Adventures in Coding, addresses gender equity in computer science. Her most recent books include, Journey Inside the Computer and Expedition to the Internet which will be published in October 2018.
Cost: $10 - $12
Lauren Ipsum is a wonderful book that introduces computer science through a fantastical tale that never once mentions computers! Laurie is a clever girl lost in Userland who uses logic and problem-solving skills to find her way home. Along the way, readers explore such computer science concepts as timing attacks, algorithm design, and common programming problems. Full color. Lauren Ipsum is a whimsical journey through a land where logic and computer science come to life.