Learning tools, where youngsters get their feet wet in advanced STEM subjects, can make all the difference when they’re both educational & fun. This is the aim of Cubroid, an interactive, modular wireless robotics set that “allows children to experience the basics of coding.”
Cubroid was recently launched on Kickstarter, & according to their press release, the project team wants to expose young minds to “coding & technology through fun & dynamic blocks & simple coding programs.”
The product is fun & easy to use. It consists of 7 different types of building blocks, each exhibiting a unique feature. Each block has a battery & a wireless module as well as wireless communication components. The modules can be connected to each other & are compatible with standard Lego blocks as well.
Smartphone & Tablet apps for coding the Cubroid modules “enhances the educational aspect of the product.” They’re available for both Androir & iOS. Via coding, children can engage with their creations & make the structures move & respond to the environment via the included sensor modules.
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Scratch, a more advanced database programming environment is also available & will let enthusiasts take their coding skills to the next level. Installation & communication between the programming environments & the modules is easy & doesn’t need a complicated installation process. Connection is via Bluetooth or with a USB cable.
You can preorder a kit by pledging on the project’s Kickstarter page here. The Cubroid project has already far exceeded its funding goal, so you can pledge until its November 1 deadline & there’s an estimated delivery date of Feb 2018. You can reserve 1 of the following kits:
Basic Kit US $149 – 66 Blocks
Modules: 1x Proximity Sensor Block, 2x DC Motor Block, 1x LED Block
Accessories: 20x Shape Block, 40x Connection Block, 2x Wheel
Premium Kit US $269 – 130 Blocks
Modules:1x Proximity Sensor Block, 2x DC Motor Block, 1x LED Block, 1x Master Block, 1x Sound Block, 1x Touch Sensor Block, 1x Light Sensor Block
Accessories: 40x Shape Block, 80x Connection Block, 2x Wheel
Costlier, more complete kits are also available for up to US $2,599 that include as many as 1,300 blocks & accessories.
The startup is based in Newport Beach, California, USA & is led by CEO, M