Robot kits in education
As some of you may know I have been teaching high school kids robotics (well so far programming) for several weeks now, seen here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/36394.
I was approached last lesson by one of the school's 'organizing people' about holding an elective. Once a year the school takes a week off the curiculum for electives. The students get to choose which electives they would like to do (4 in total I think) and get to spend a whole day on each elective. This person asked me if it would be possible for me to hold a robotics elective, and ofcourse I agreed! (after checking my uni exam timetable).
Now this is all just in the preliminary talking stage but the date it would happen is the 19th of July. The idea still has to go past the Principal, and also an interest form with the students, if either of these don't happen than the elective won't happen.
The good thing about the electives are that the people running them get a budget, be it a small one I believe, but still better than the zero budget for the robotics lessons I am doing currently.
Now the point of this post is just to see what you guys think would be good for me to do in that day, so basically I'm just crowdsourcing ideas. I could do it one of two ways;
- Make simple beambots that the kids can take home at the end of the day (good on the budget)
- Make bigger better robots, the downside being that they couldn't take them home, although they could probably work in groups to build them which could be just as good.
If you know of some cheap robot kits, would like to get your robot kits out in education + some free advertising on the YouTubes or know of some cheap and simple builds please comment below.
Like I said I am not completely aware of what the budget limits are but I thought it would be good to plan this early to save me last minute rushes the week before.
So please, please, please let me know what your thoughts are and I would be forever grateful for some advice/links.