First experience with the S2. Parallax President Ken Gracey gets Hands-on Teaching Robotics

Don’t just sit at your desk, Ken! Volunteer!

Fifteen years ago we started Stamps in Class so this year I decided it was important to get more experience with students who use Parallax’s education program, and to share more of what we’ve created. Considering my own kids are at this age I figured it was now or never – start the program before they reach high school and it would become established by the time they arrived. And truthfully, most of our team’s... More

Jessica ran the Parallax Serial Terminal test on the S2 robots. Parallax President and Managers visit Chinese Factory to Ensure Quality

Since our Chinese factory was finishing up another 3,500 Scribbler 2 robots last month, we decided to personally inspect the shipment to have the extra confidence that every robot worked correctly. A manufacturing run waiting in China would bring our total S2 build to 13,500 units. With lots of inventory at stake, Parallax Hong Kong staff John Zhou, Raymond Xiao, and Aristides Alvarez took Jessica Uelmen (Engineering Manager) and myself to the Shenzhen factory to do our own tests.

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Sample Screenshot ROBOTC for Arduino BETA release, trying it with the BOE Shield-Bot

ROBOTC for Arduino was released in May, according to this announcement.

Today I downloaded this public BETA release (120-day free trial!) to see how it works with the BOE Shield-Bot. I was surprised to find our blue Boe-Bot cousin right on the About screen!

As a relative newbie to the Arduino and to C, I found the software interface to be quite nice. The download... More

ELEV-8 Quadcopter in flight New ELEV-8 Quadcopter Video Featuring Tricks!

Our Tech Support Team (Kevin Cook & Nick Ernst) have mastered the art of flying. They captured the following footage when they were out flying the Elev-8 Quadcopter these last few weeks. Check out the twists and turns in this video.

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Quadcopter Demo at Folsom Lake College

Last Friday, Kevin Cook (Tech Support) and I went to Folsom Lake College to give a quadcopter demo to the enthusiastic CPATH (Computer and Information Science Education Path) team! We had a blast showing off the quadcopter and answering questions. We also got some great aerial footage from the GoPro camera attached to the bottom of the quadcopter.

-Lauren Davis