Professional Development Course

Robotics with BlocklyProp PD - Boulder, CO

Geared toward high school and community college or technical educators, though all educators middle school through college are invited to apply.

Event Calendar Date Times Friday, December 7, 2018 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Address for Event Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302 Register for Event

How to Register

​All educators interested in taking this course must apply by filling out the application form (link above).

Filling out this form is required, but is not a guarantee of attendance. We will contact you with details once your application is approved. There is no fee for attending this course.

Registration questions?  Call the Parallax Educator Hotline at 916-625-6801, or email


Course Details

This course is geared toward middle school, high school, and college educators. The Robotics with BlocklyProp course will be an engaging one-day STEM Professional Development featuring Blockly graphical programming and the ActivityBot robot.

Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.​

  • Bring your own: Laptop computer running Windows 7/8/8/10 (not RT), Mac OS, or a Chromebook.

Course Content

  • Included in the course is an ActivityBot 360 Robot Kit and additional hardware.
  • The ActivityBot will be built and programmed and then we'll move to a project-specific focus. It will include discussion and tips for implementing these topics into your classroom.
  • Learning objectives: build and program an ActivityBot; program a microcontroller by writing programs that display messages, remember values, make computations with math operators, and interact with external circuits; and build circuits to apply principles of electronics, including voltage, resistance, current, signal generation, and signal monitoring.
  • Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators. We will show you how to apply our Blockly system in semester-long courses with a specific parts kit and syllabus.

Have questions about our robots and educational resources? Call the Parallax Educator Hotline at 916-625-6801 or email

Robotics with BlocklyProp PD - Boulder, CO