Lego’s new robotics set lets kids program a cat to play the harmonica

|An article by Adi Robertson|

 

Lots of people are already familiar with Mindstorms, the Lego robotics platform capable of building clever tools like this automatic card-signing machine. Some might also remember Lego WeDo, the simpler educational tool for teaching kids coding basics. This year at CES, Lego is bridging the gap with Boost, a basic robotics- and programming-oriented kit that’s supposed to be more playful than didactic.

Boost is built around a motorized block called a Move Hub, powered by six AAA batteries and equipped with a tilt sensor. The $159.99 Boost kit includes another motor and a combination color and distance sensor, plus 843 more traditional Lego parts. One of the most important pieces, though, isn’t included: an iOS or Android tablet for using the accompanying app, which is both a building guide and a drag-and-drop programming tool.

 

The Autobuilder (left), Guitar 4000, Vernie the Robot, and Frankie the Cat

Once kids have launched the app, they can pick from five major building projects. The most complex is a foot-high anthropomorphic robot called Vernie, but there’s also a slightly terrifying mechanical cat named Frankie; a colorful guitar; a rugged, tractor-like vehicle; and the “Autobuilder,” a 3D printer-like machine that can be programmed to put Lego together.

During the construction process, the app introduces builders to the simple programming interface: a series of puzzle pieces representing different actions, which can be chained together and triggered by a tap of the screen or a real-world action. This works a lot like Lego WeDo, but it’s specifically meant to feel like a toy. “The goal isn’t to teach them anything,” says Lego design lead Simon Kent. “But they will actually learn just by tinkering with it.”

You can program Vernie, for example, to dance and shake maracas (which can be built with parts in the set), to shoot a small projectile at a target, or to hold a conversation using preset lines. It can’t recognize what you’re saying, but it can tell when sound is coming through the iPad microphone.

Vernie’s facial expressions are programmable

Some of these interactions get complex enough that they’re almost games in themselves. Frankie “plays” a Lego harmonica by detecting when different colors hit the sensor over its mouth, then playing a sound that’s linked to that color, including recorded audio. This same method, this time with a slider that moves over different-colored frets, makes the Lego guitar playable. We’ve tried both these things, and they’re weirdly entertaining, even for adults. The Autobuilder is an actual manufacturing device composed in miniature, although it didn’t work perfectly when we tried it. Since Lego bricks are pretty easy to pull apart, it also feels unsurprisingly fragile.

The programming options we saw are heavily geared toward getting kids to play with specific objects in specific ways, not come up with their own robots. But there’s a more open-ended app feature that shows them how to make the skeleton of a vehicle, a four-legged animal, or a building. They can then use these frames to build whatever they want, using either the included Lego or their own sets.

 

A four-legged walking animal frame

Boost isn’t meant to take Mindstorms’ place, but it’s an approachable toy for younger Lego fans — and seriously, the guitar is pretty cool. The set is going on sale in the second half of 2017, and it’ll be on display at CES later this week.

source: https://www.theverge.com/ces/2017/1/4/13920762/lego-boost-robotics-programming-set-robot-cat-guitar


Little Botz™ Academy Merdeka Activities – Battle to Merdeka


“Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” These iconic words were shouted by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia (back then known as Malaya) on August 31, 1957.
As that generation fades away, Malaysia’s fight for independence is fast becoming something relegated solely to history books. So understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding on how the world worked then and how it works now.Join us to create a valuable teaching moments with these Independence Day activities! From Engineering to science; history to art, kids age 7 and above will love celebrating this year with these August 31st activities at Little Botz Academy.
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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Workshop

Date: 26 and/or 27 August 2017
Day: Saturday and/or Sunday
Time: 10.00a.m to 5p.m (Lunch will be provided)
Venue: Little Botz Academy,Atria Shopping Gallery

Tentative:

10:00 AM – Registration
10:30 AM – Introduction of Class Opening
10:45 AM – Grouping and Ice breaking
10:50 AM – LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Hardware & Software PART 1
11:00 AM – Build a themed robot and mission

12:45 PM – Lunch Break

02:00 PM – LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Hardware & Software PART 2
03:00 PM – Build a themed robot and mission
03:45 PM – Test & Troubleshoot
04:15 PM – Mini Competition
04:30 PM – Certification
05:00 PM – End

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Atria Shopping Gallery,
Level 2, Lot S22,
Jalan SS 22/23 Petaling Jaya.
Selangor, Malaysia

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Why choose Little Botz Academy School Holiday program?

Our expertly crafted activities are designed around tailoring the teaching and learning to suit each individual’s needs. Students who attend these Merdeka – Robotics Workshop will be extended, encouraged, and challenged while being supported in a small group setting by one of our experienced and qualified teachers. The school holiday adventure program are currently targeted to students age 7 and above.

Our Aims

The aims of the programs are to:

1. Giving children a new way to learn Science, Technology, Math, History and Engineering.
2. Provide children with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the rapidly developing field of computational intelligence, robotics and other related areas.
3. Encourage an independence of thought, an intellectual curiosity and a critical approach to evidence, theories and concepts in a theme-led environment.

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the programs, they will be able to:
1. Gather, organise and critically evaluate information needed to formulate and solve problems.
2. Apply acquired knowledge effectively and efficiently in computational intelligence, robotics, and related areas.
3. Display creativity and innovation in solving unfamiliar problems.

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What you need to know about LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set

This set contains everything you need to start teaching STEM and computer science using the exciting LEGO® MINDSTORMS® concept. It offers full teacher support, including STEM and computing teaching materials, and a comprehensive eLearning program.

The system includes the EV3 Intelligent Brick, a compact and powerful programmable computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback using the intuitive icon-based programming and data logging software that is delivered with the set.

The set is delivered in a sturdy storage bin with a sorting tray, three Servo Motors, five Sensors (Gyro, Ultrasonic, Color and 2x Touch), a EV3 Rechargeable DC Battery, connecting cables, and building instructions.

  • Bricks

Includes 541 elements that can be used for teaching science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science.

  • Curriculum

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set comes with a curriculum pack and includes 48 tutorials to help you and your students learn the basics of LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3.

The 48 step-by-step tutorials are designed to help educators and students master basic and advanced programming as well as hardware and data logging functions.

  • Software and apps

The easy-to-learn, easy-to-use EV3 Software and the EV3 Programming app are optimized for classroom use. Programming is done by dragging and dropping icons into a line to form commands allowing students to uild simple programs, and then easily and intuitively build on their skills until they are developing complex algorithms.

The data logging feature inside the EV3 Software is a powerful science tool for carrying out experiments. It is easy to predict, collect, view, analyze and manipulate data from sensors and see the data in interactive graphs. The software is based on LabVIEW, the industry-leading graphical programming language, and is optimized for classroom usage.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 software lets your students:

  1. Program robots and other creations
  2. Document and track progress using the documentation tool
  3. Create and edit content
  4. Access the Robot Educator tutorials
  5. Log real-time data and calculate data sets (not available on the tablet app)

The software is Windows, Mac, Chromebook and iOS compatible.

Join us at Little Botz Academy as our member (6 or 12 months)  or enroll your self exclusively for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Course only!! Grab our Chinese New Year Promo to earn great discount!

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Each new intake subject consists of:

  • 3-month Development Program
  • 12 sessions
  • 2 hours each session except for WeDo (1 hours)
  • Class capacity : 12 pax

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New Intake : LEGO Education WeDo

 

The LEGO® Education WeDo is a new concept that allow kid at young age to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies. It is an easy-to-use concept that enables the young student to build LEGO models  featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities and bring science and technology to life.

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What is WeDo?
The WeDo Activity Pack enables educators to provide learning opportunities for developing these broader learning goals:

• Think creatively to make a working model.
• Develop vocabulary and communication skills to explain how the model works .
• Establish links between cause and effect .
• Reflect on how to find answers and imagine new possibilities .
• Brainstorm ideas and endeavor to bring some of them to fruition
• Make fair tests by changing one factor and observing or measuring the effect .
• Make systematic observations and measurements .
• Display and communicate data using tables .
• Follow 2D drawings to build a 3D model .
• Think logically and create a program to produce a specific behavior.
• Write and present creative stories using models for visual and dramatic effects.


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In line with the vision and transformation of 21st century learning to implement the four C’s vital skills: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Little Botz™ have discovered that the most effective ways to develop these skills are through technology-infused learning environment.  Hence, we believe by putting technology into the hands of students and trusting them with more progressive technology is a way forward to 21st century learning.

Our class-ready teaching solutions support  in creating an engaging and inspiring learning environment with syllables design specifically to stimulate critical thinking and encourage creative problem solving skills across a variety of real-world themes.

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