Root Robot: A Robot to Teach Coding
It'is a robot, originally developed at Harvard University, that helps anyone from four to 99 learn how to code. Root has over 50 sensors and actuators with it can draw, erase, play music, explore its world, and even defy gravity by using magnetism to drive on wall-mounted whiteboards. Root simply connects wirelessly (using Bluetooth Low Energy) to your tablet, phone, or laptop, to create a real-time link for programming and controlling Root. The main goal when developing Root was to make computer science accessible to as many people as possible. This meant that getting started had to be easy and non-intimidating for newcomers to coding. To do this, we made Root ready to go out of the box, with sensors to support a wide variety of activities. We also developed a multi-level coding app that starts with a graphical programming interface that even non-readers can use to code. Some unique features of the app are that it has been optimized for touch-screens (that kids are experts at using from a young age), it does not require reading or advanced counting skills, and kids (or adults) can modify the program while it is running.
- Country: USA
- Company: Harvard University