This course is closed for applications. You may attend with your own cyber:bot using the Zoom meetings link below.
Parallax is accepting up to 150 educators in the cyber:bot distance learning workshop April 5, 7, and 9! No prior experience is necessary, but we ask that you teach an applicable subject in coding, robotics, STEM, etc in middle school or high school. The workshop is free to American educators and includes the robot kit.
The cyber:bot is the most popular Parallax robotic kit, thanks to the combination of a complete curriculum, the Python language interpreter and micro:bit controller, a browser-based programming environment (no FERPA/COPPA compliance or IT staff requests), and the support of our partner cyber.org. The strengths of this robot are in Python coding, robotics, cybersecurity, wireless control, and electronic circuit building. Educators view the cyber:bot as a path forward with relevant industry skills.
Before you choose this workshop over the other two workshops (Shield-Bot for Arduino and ActivityBot 360 with BlocklyProp), 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 cyber:bot robot
Once we confirm your acceptance, we’ll send you the cyber:bot robot kit and instructions for the first Zoom workshop. Next we will ask you to connect the micro:bit and run a few Python programs, but you’ll build the cyber:bot 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.
And if you want to have a rough idea what this is all about, you could take a look at last year’s distance learning program for the cyber:bot (keep in mind, we’ve improved the system since then):
Session 1 of 3 (March 30, 2020) – Cyber:bot Distance Learning for Educators
Session 2 of 3 (April 1, 2020) – Cyber:bot Distance Learning for Educators
Session 3 of 3 (April 2, 2020) – Cyber:bot Distance Learning for Educators