On Oct 6th, Petoi hosted a virtual session on robotics education best practices. Wayne Seltzer, an esteemed teacher from the University of Colorado Boulder, Petoi founder & CEO Rongzhong Li. and a group of STEM/robotics educator joined the conversion.
Wayne shared his valuable insights and experiences in utilizing Petoi's Bittle robot dogs for Explore Computer Science and Robotics STEM Academy(Grades 9-12) by Colorado University Boulder and designing the course:
- Each student assembled and configured his/her Bittle because the class had an emphasis on hands-on physical computing. Each student took Bittle home after the camp was finished as the camp fees covered Bittle's cost.
- Students engaged with Bittle more than other forms of robots because Bittle is in a dog form. Natively, students knew about dog movement and liked to emulate those movements on Bittle.
- Students liked to use the Skill Composer to create new skills.
- The class used Petoi Coding Blocks for the coding part. Petoi Coding Blocks automatically generate Python codes, so it's easier to explain things both in terms of Block-based and Python coding.
- Students seemed to be more willing to share their own recordings on social media than being filmed by the camp.
- Students were encouraged to take Bittle home and do more tinkering by themselves every night.
- Because Bittle supports NyBoard which is Arduino compatible, he would have been able to do some classes on IoT if the camp wasn't just one week long.
Please let me know if you have any questions.