Spurring Youngsters Forward With Technology
An innovative new product just hit the market aimed squarely at children who have even a little bit of interest in either drawing, programming or both. This comes in the form of what can be best be described as a programmable drawing robot.
That’s right. A robot that can be specifically “programmed” to draw unique shapes and objects. When you take but a second or so and realize that the topic of programming has morphed into what best be considered a cool kid’s hobby you will instantly see the attraction of this new product.
This clever new product (toy is way too simplistic a term to use here) is set up so that youngsters of all ages to experiment with some very simple programming. The product is named Microbot. In it’s simplest form, Microbot allows children to write commands that then cause the Microbot to draw the appropriate shapes or figures.
Microbot makes use of wi-fi technology and makes use of free apps accessed through any web browser. For those history buffs who may remember some of the early kid’s toys with programming languages, the Microbot can be considered the next generation of ‘Logo’. In case you were not around or just did not know about it, Logo is an educational programming language first put together back in 1967. Early versions of Logo allowed the children to instruct a screen based Turtle to produce line graphics of various forms.
So now you can clearly see how Microbot takes this to the next level. Microbot brings the screen graphics to paper with a precisely engineered robot doing all the drawing work. Keep in mind that the drawing being crafted by the Microbot is entirely based on the programmed instructions by the user.
In other words, it is all about getting the kids involved. Get it that the children who interact with the Microbot have the opportunity to learn elementary programming logic, a bit about mathematics and geometry. More importantly, all of this learning takes place in an interactive format.
Naturally, kids of all ages prefer some sort of activity such as Microbot programming and testing over suffering through yet another boring classroom lecture. Perhaps the team behind Microbot is behind something much larger than a new toy for the holidays. Perhaps Microbrot could serve as a model for changes to how children are educated currently.