Makeblock Education has always been committed to providing teachers with training resources to ensure that computer science and STEAM education remain attractive and accessible to all.foto:
Makeblock Education has always been committed to providing teachers with training resources to ensure that computer science and STEAM education remain attractive and accessible to all.
The company has now taken the initiative to launch mBOT 2, an educational robot developed for the purpose of teaching high school students and others about new technologies and programming.
Through this robot, Makeblock Education hopes to further expand its range of tools to make it easier for students to learn and for educators to teach.
What is mBOT2?
It refers to a state-of-the-art educational robot developed with the purpose of serving as a resource for STEAM and computer science learning aimed at secondary school students.
Through mBOT2, students will be able to have the opportunity to receive interactive lessons that will help boost their intelligence and make their learning experience more fun. Also, mBOT2 ensures that students are aware of cutting-edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), as well as data science.
Features of the mBOT 2
The mBOT 2 is equipped with CyberPi, an educational microcontroller that replaces the previous Arduino-based mCore board. Some improvements have been implemented on it in terms of networking capabilities, integrated sensors, among others. As far as the structure of the mBOT 2 is concerned, it maintains similarities with its predecessor, only being adapted to the new specifications of the board and the motors.
Also, a 12-hole matrix was added to each side of the robot, thus replacing the M-shaped matrix, which, although it allowed the integration of other structures, was not comfortable to handle. It was also decided to preserve the wheel rims and tyres, as well as the roller that acts as a third front support wheel.
In this subject the mBot 2 can be programmed using the mBlock 5 app, with which students can have the opportunity to get started in block-oriented programming, thus facilitating their transition to object-oriented programming with Python, having the advantage of doing all this from the same environment. It should be noted that when programming, this will be done on the CyberPi device, so there will not be a device called mBOT 2 on which to program. And when it comes to mBlock, it offers students an environment where they can carry out different programming modes.
In the case of Python, mBlock allows students and teachers to work with it natively, including also microPython, an environment with which they can have the possibility to load the program on the CyberPi microcontroller of the mBOT 2.
In short, the new specifications of the new mBOT 2 make it a tool with which students can learn more about new technologies and refine their programming knowledge, all in a more didactic way, while teachers will have an ally to facilitate their teaching process.