Another educational robot for children has entered the arena: LocoRobo. The basic version of the bot features ultrasonic sensors, differential drive, lithium ion batteries, LED lights, and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) dongle for downloading code. The more expensive version of the robot also includes motor controllers, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. Based on the Atmel ATmega32U4 micro controller, the both bots are Arduino compatible.
Lessons plans — which include example code, videos and challenges involving an onscreen robot in a virtual environment — provide teachers with a solid platform from which to lead their students. Ultimately, the LocoRobo team hopes to bring a strong robotics program to classrooms across America. You can find out more and support the non-profit by buying a LocoRobo on their Indiegogo page.