The ActivityBot 360° is our most capable small robot, with its Propeller 1 Multicore brain. Programmed in BlocklyProp or C, this kit has an extended set of project tutorials and accessories provide a robot suitable for middle schoolers and university students.
Get equipped for hands-on robotics in your classroom with the ActivityBot 360° and visual BlocklyProp programming.
This workshop meets online via Zoom in three 2-hour sessions on October 3, 5, & 7 at 3pm Pacific Time with brief homework in between. This opportunity is open to STEM educators in the US at no cost and includes a free robot kit shipped before the course!
Parallax’s BlocklyProp is a visual programming language based on Google Blockly, but customized for the ActivityBot 360° and the Propeller Activity Board. BlocklyProp is ideal for teaching programming concepts, generating code which compiles and is free of syntax errors. A quick tour through the BlocklyProp reference will show you the endless expansion capabilities for project-based learning.
Visual BlocklyProp Solo online programming makes learning to code easy, and provides a transition to text-based C.
The ActivityBot is supported with visual BlocklyProp and C language tutorials available online at learn.parallax.com. Building the ActivityBot 360° requires a few hours including servo calibration. This is often one of the favorite parts of the project for students who have not had a hands-on upbringing. Once built, the tutorials are sequential circuit construction and testing, with integration of robot driving commands.
The tutorial sequence requires approximately 40-60 hours and may be done in a one or two student per robot ratio. If assessments are included or the numerous hardware add-ons are used, the total lab time can easily increase to over 100 hours.
Hardware and coding expansion opportunities with the ActivityBot 360° is nearly limitless with the Propeller Activity Board WX. Some of the accessories include the Line Follower, Gripper, and numerous other sensors (RFID, distance sensors, etc). These hardware add-ons can be used to create classroom competitions of all types. The Propeller Activity Board WX may also be removed from the ActivityBot 360° for student-built science projects.
If you’re looking for funding so you can obtain a classroom set of hardware, see our funding tips for educators.
The curriculum is University of California A-G Certified. Assessment materials are available to verified teachers; just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parallax has also hosted Distance Learning Workshops for the ActivityBot, which are available on our YouTube Channel Distance Learning Playlist.
The Educator Hotline is also available for specific questions (916-701-8625).
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