RoboBlockly is an integrated learning environment (ILE) for learning computer science (CS), science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) with robotics. In addition to a large number of coding, robotics, and math lessons and activities, teachers and students can create their own activities. It also allows teachers to manage their classes, add student accounts, assign homework, grade student submitted homework, and provide feedback.
RoboBlockly uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program both virtual robots and modular harware Linkbot robots, enabling students to learn robotics, computer science, math, science, technology, engineering, and making. Blocks can be executed in debug mode step-by-step. RoboBlockly can also directly control an Arduino microcontroller board and do sensor-based robotics with a Linkbot-Arduino ("LArduino") combination.
All math activities in RoboBlockly are Common Core State Standards Mathematics compliant. The CCSS math, math standards, hints, solution procedures, and solutions for each activity are well documented. Instructors can easily extend these activities and tailor them to their class and school settings.
RoboBlockly is a low-floor and high-ceiling platform, which prepares students to program in C/C++, the most widely used conventional text-based language in industry and college.
The saved Ch code from RoboBlockly can be readily run without any modification in Ch, a C/C++ interpreter, to control hardware Linkbots and Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3, or virtual Linkbots and NXT/EV3 using RoboSim (part of C-STEM Studio).
You can easily share your ideas and creations with the growing RoboBlockly user community through the RoboBlockly Portal.
Video and interactive tutorials are available for users to quickly get started with RoboBlockly.
RoboBlockly can run in any modern browser such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari using Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, tablets, smartphones, TVs, etc. (Using hardware robots requires additional Linkbot Labs software, avaliable for free. Instructions here. Instructions for using hardware Arduino here.)
RoboBlockly features many creative backgrounds with complementary activities:
With its "Show Ch code" feature that shows the C code behind the code blocks, RoboBlockly can also be used by anyone with text-based programming experience to learn Blockly programming, and to quickly get up to speed in teaching coding and math to K-12 students using virtual and hardware robots.
RoboBlockly includes a playMelody() code block that allows you to play various well-known melodies. It also has a full piano feature that is accessible after signing in to your RoboBlockly account.
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