Parallax is accepting up to 75 educators in the ActivityBot 360 distance learning workshop April 12, 14, and 16th! No prior experience is necessary, but we ask that you teach an applicable subject in coding, robotics, STEM, etc in middle school, high school, or college. The workshop is free to American educators and includes the robot kit.
The ActivityBot 360 is the most capable Parallax robotic kit with a Propeller 1 Multicore Microcontroller and encoder feedback, and is the easiest to program with a powerful Blockly programming environment that also produces C code. The strengths of this robot are in programming logic, robotics, project-based learning, and electronic circuit building. The ActivityBot 360’s Propeller Activity Board has many useful features (wireless socket, audio amplifier, A/D converter) and may be used for other projects.
Before you choose this workshop over the other two workshops (Shield-Bot for Arduino and cyber:bot with Python), get a look at the comparison, which provides links to the curriculum and the strengths of this kit in education.
Apply as early as possible and before March 26th
Apply for the workshop and register for the Zoom meetings at the two links below. Clear your calendar for 1.5 hours on each of these afternoons (adjust PST to your own time zone). If you meet the criteria stated in the application you are automatically approved for the course. We normally approve applications within the week they are submitted. We may fill the course before March 26th. Apply only if you are committed to the workshop, else you may be taking a position from another educator. We won’t have much time to juggle applications, acceptances, and robot shipments when somebody changes their mind.
Next, we send you the ActivityBot 360 robot
Once we confirm your acceptance, we’ll send you the ActivityBot 360 and instructions for the first Zoom workshop. Next, we will ask you to download BlocklyProp Launcher and run a few programs, but you’ll build the robot between the first and second meeting. You’ll have about an hour of homework after each class and we’ll be available for support questions in between. The workshops are interactive Zoom sessions — we’ll be building circuits and writing code together, on-line, live! You’ll need to carefully arrange your workspace, preferably with one display for coding and another for following the presentation.
If you aren’t sure if this class is right for you, contact us via e-mail or call the Educator Hotline at (916) 701-8625. Tell us about your needs and ask us your questions.
You may also be interested in the videos from last year’s distance learning course with the ActivityBot 360. Keep in mind we’ve improved the presentation since then!
Session 1 of 3 (March 30, 2020) – ActivityBot 360 Distance Learning for Educators
Session 2 of 3 (April 1, 2020) – ActivityBot 360 Distance Learning for Educators
Session 3 of 3 (April 2, 2020) – ActivityBot 360 Distance Learning for Educators