Kudos to the Lego Wedo Kit – It Gets Kids Interested in Learning Programming

The new Lego ‘brick’ is a great tool for teaching children the wonderful world of robotics. It teaches them how functional and practical robotics can be. The trick is to find an elemental programing language that is simple enough and ‘clean’ enough that adults can help guide children through the milieu of a first programming language.

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Visual Basic is a possibility, and if the instructor is really fairly knowledgeable then Java would be another option to use, but I’m not sure that it is simple enough to understand. Perhaps the newer generations are possibly so.

It’s not clear, but the GUI interface is intentionally made simple to facilitate the possibility for fewer steps to the ultimate goal of making your own Lego constructed robot move in the desired ways. Certainly, the thoughtful pattern behind the development by MIT is a good attempt to imbue children with the fun that can be experienced in generating your own creation to move and behave in the way one wants.

The exciting results of such creativity can make a child have the passion in the field, a lifetime of joy in the endeavor of robotics development. This is even more exciting than seeing your first Flash animation movie, or your first animated characters come to life when you program them.

The interface between your program and the special Lego ‘brick’ is really a ram drive and processor that you can upload the software and language you create in order to get the electromagnetic functional accessories to move your created pieces and give it life. But the most important part of the combination project is to try and get the child involved in the entire process, and as young as is possible, so that the joy of programming will become a ‘natural’ sequence of events, and that it will create a lifetime passion for young people.

Thus, the children of today, can become the super-programers of tomorrow, and consequently invent even more realms in which programing becomes imbedded in every aspect of our lives. This was a typically genius idea for the MIT and LEGO people to have found a fusion for the fun of today and the superstar of tomorrow.

Kudos for both teams and accolades for the invention. Look for more ways to increase and guide the youth of today and adults of tomorrow on the internet. Enroll your kids today in a great Lego Wedo kit class and let them start in the wide  wonderful world of programming.

Raspberry Pi – The Pie for all Electronic Tinkering Buffs

Ever thought you would hold a computer as small as a credit card in your hand? Now, you can, the Raspberry Pi offers computer capability in a circuit board the size of your palm. Primarily, this small computer was built to help electronic and computer systems students learn to program, but now the Raspberry is being used for a variety of uses, and people from all over the world are really excited about owning at least one of these little guys.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi was developed in the UK and has a small processor, a very decent graphics accelerator and 256MB of RAM. While this may not make it the fastest computer in the world, it certainly has enough power to run many of the more common functions of a computer. Many find it very useful as something small to check email and surf the Internet.

Digital Buffs are Finding Many Ways to Use This Handy Device

Besides, being useful for basic computing, and for learning to program, a number of creative programmers are finding more unique ideas for the Raspberry Pi. Some electronic enthusiasts have successfully turned it into a media player for the TV, especially because among its basic functioning is the ability top lay media files.

Other digital enthusiasts find it makes the perfect alarm clock, especially because it can be programmed with multiple sounds. However, if you are really creative with electronics you could turn the Raspberry Pi into an automatic coffee pot initiator, or you could program it to automatically turn your lights on and off.

The Cost Makes It Even More Interesting

The Raspberry Pi computer is very interesting to hobbiest because of its size, low power consumption and capabilities, but especially because of its cost. The latest model sells for a fraction of the price of your typical dektop, and at approximately $25 per unit even without a case and peripherals, this makes an excellent tinkering computer.

Just keep in mind that these computers don’t come with a case, a keyboard or a power supply, although it can be powered by a cell phone power supply and you can connect a USB keyboard to it.

There aren’t very many places you can get the Raspberry Pi from just yet. After all, it is made by a non-profit organization. Still, you can order it online and get it in just a few days.