Many teachers are asking "How can I engage students when they don't have access to robots?" While your students are remote, in person, or both, they may struggle to have access to robots, but they can still participate in coding them. In our hybird learning world, many developers are helping us conquer this!
Check out micro:Bit, Circuit Playground Express, Lego Mindstorms, and Arcade using these simulators on Microsoft MakeCode:
Vex has a new program that lets students learn computer science without a robot. VEXcode VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block based coding environment (powered by Scratch), blocks +text, or text-based coding with Python. VEX has prebuilt activities in editable Google Doc format to get you started. It does not require a download and can be run in any browser. Go to vr.vex.com.
Machine Learning from Raspberry Pi.org
In this Alien Language project from Raspberry Pi's Digital Making at Home, students can train the computer to understand an alien language. They will use that to control an alien character so that it can understand what they tell it to do. All students need for this project is a computer with a microphone and internet access. It utilizes Scratch.
Need Something a Little Different?
Here's some digital breakouts to try (think escape rooms):
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