I see that IPRE (Institute for Personal Robotics in Education) is running a pair of faculty workshops this summer.
We’re offering two IPRE Summer Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshops (K-12 teachers also invited!). In these workshops we will introduce you to a fresh approach to CS1 that uses robots. Attendees will be given a personal robot kit and curricular materials to take home. The curriculum is Python-based.
June 11, 12, 13: Bryn Mawr College.
July 7, 8, 9: Georgia Institute of Technology.
Enter a reservation request.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking to members of the IPRE team both at SIGCSE and on the Game Development in CS Education conference in the past couple of months and been very impressed with them and their program. Their robot and related hardware is now available for sale as well. (Buy here – I make no money off this. ) The package includes Parallax Scribbler robot, the IPRE software and the IPRE Fluke Add-on board. The Fluke board is interesting to say the least.
What is it? This board plugs into the Parallax Scribbler robot. It provides a bluetooth connection to your laptop for the robot, and it adds sensors including a color camera and an IR ranging sensor.
An interesting package I think, especially with curriculum to go with it.