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Working with robots helps develop interpersonal, communication, and team-building skills. These skills help you better understand science, math, technology and engineering all while having tons of fun.

Introduction to Robot Systems


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BotBrain Educational Robots FAQFAQ

I’ve never done anything robotic; can I do this?

What exactly is STEM? And how does this teach it?

I barely have enough time to teach my current curriculum, can I fit this in too?

Does the BotBrain Curriculum meet the Standards?

What set do I need? What are the options?

What operating system should I use?

How are the robots programmed?

I’ve never done anything robotic; can I do this?

BotBrain makes learning fun and teaching easy. Everything that you need to successfully teach robotics in your class, camp or club is included. The curriculum is written to provide you with step-by-step instructions to get through the unit. You can also get training from the BotBrain Company in person or via video conference.

What exactly is STEM? And how does this teach it?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The BotBrain courses address standards in all four categories.

I barely have enough time to teach my current curriculum, can I fit this in too?

Don’t think of this as being in addition to what you teach, but rather as a different way to teach the concepts that you already cover. There are a multitude of topics that can be taught with robots.

Does the BotBrain Curriculum meet the Standards?

The BotBrain curricula were written by a teacher and tested in the classroom. They were specifically written to meet National Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. See this page for a list of those standards.

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What set do I need? What are the options?

To decide what robot set you need, you must determine the goals you wish to achieve. If you are ready to make a purchase for your entire Middle School or High School classroom of students and want to be able to do all of the BotBrain challenges, then you should purchase the Classroom Advanced Set. This set is for 10 to 15 students, and includes all the “bells and whistles”.

If you want all the “bells and whistles”, but have only a couple of students, you should buy an Advanced Set. For example, if you are doing this as a club or after school program for a small group. This again would be best for Middle or High School.

If you just want to try out our product and not invest a lot of money, try the Evaluation Set. This will give you the opportunity to try the curricula and do two of the robot challenges, maze solving and photovore. And you can upgrade later.

What operating system should I use?

The curricula and instructions are browser based, and therefore work with any operating system. There are also versions of the software for programming the robots that work with either Mac or PC. So, use what every you know and love.

How are the robots programmed?

The robots run on a form of the BASIC programming language called pBASIC. There is a version of pBasic, available for free, for either the Mac or PC. You don’t have to be an expert programmer to do BotBrain Robotics. The instructions will teach you how to do it.

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