Since March we’ve trained over 350 educators on the cyber:bot with Python. Thanks to our partnership with cyber.org, our distance learning workshops were entirely free and each educator received a cyber:bot as part of the training! If you didn’t get to participate you may also watch the recorded training sessions on our YouTube channel.
Now, it’s time to give our students an opportunity to develop skills of the future — by learning Python scripting, robotics, problem-solving, electronic circuit building and cybersecurity! Training our students in tech and cyber literacy is truly a national agenda. Thankfully, it only takes the simple effort of providing hardware tools and tutorials to our students.
The self-guided cyber:bot tutorials are over 300 pages and 100 hours of projects. This summer we’ve added the cybersecurity series, which uses the micro:bit’s wireless radio link with Python scripts to demonstrate encryption, sniffing attacks, and defenses — often with robotics! This is not about the user-level processes of configuring software, routers, and antivirus software. Rather, it’s a foundational, low-level introduction to how things really work in physical devices.
There are two popular choices for getting a classroom started with cyber:bot robots: individual cyber:bot kits (around $200 in volume) or the popular Cyber:bot 12-Pack Plus, which includes all the popular accessories. We can also custom build your kit if you want to include additional sensors, the Gripper 3.0, etc. These products are manufactured in our Rocklin, California facility and include our hassle-free guarantee and warranty.
If you’d like to share your situation or request a quote for your purchasing department, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Educator Hotline at (916) 701-8625. We’ll help ensure the success of your program.
Ken Gracey, Parallax Inc
Brute Force Attacks and Defenses Tutorial: Programming a PIN Access Code and Cracking a Cipher
A brute force attack is a process of repeatedly attempting possible combinations to a lock or passcode until the desired outcome is reached. Imagine trying all possible PIN (personal identification) numbers to gain access to a cell phone or tablet. Criminals use brute force to determine ATM card PIN numbers. In this tutorial, students will experiment with brute force attacks and defenses to counter them! You’ll create the Python scripts and load them into two micro:bit modules!
All of these projects may be done with two micro:bits with the exception of the last challenge, which requires a cyber:bot.
cyber:bot 12-Pack Plus for Classrooms (#32712)
The size and weight of this densely-packed box provides a semester or year’s worth of education for most classrooms. This kit includes a dozen sets of cyber:bot robots and the components for all tutorials in the main lessons, plus sensors and accessories for the projects, supporting scaffolding and student-designed projects. See the product description for a complete listing of all contents.
cyber:bot Robot Kit (#32700)
Includes the cyber:bot robot and all components required for the cyber:bot tutorial main lessons. This kit is the most popular starting point for most schools. Use in a one or two student per robot ratio, sanitizing between uses.
I/O Edge Adapter for micro:bit Enables Breadboard Access
The Parallax Edge I/O Adapter connects a BBC micro:bit module to a breadboard, moving students from the alligator clip connections into a more useful prototyping space used in higher education. Many such breadboard adapters exist for the micro:bit, yet they have one key shortcoming that we have addressed in our design related to power supply management. The micro:bit only provides 90 mA of current when powered directly from the battery pack, useful for a single micro servo. In our design, the micro:bit battery pack connects directly to the Edge I/O adapter to power both the micro:bit and breadboard accessories directly (with as much current as the batteries can provide). This is particularly important when using multiple motors, LEDs and sensors.