May 2014 Newsletter

It's the end of May and the end of many academic activities. For some of you, the school year has already ended and you are a graduate. Congratulations! For others, you are on the home-stretch for the end of the school year and are looking forward to a fun filled summer!

This May marks the 50th anniversary of the BASIC computer language. BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was developed by Professor John Kemeny and Professor Tom Kurtz of Dartmouth College. The article published in the Wall Street Journal on May 16, 2014 notes that BASIC was the first programming language designed specifically for non-engineers and non-mathematicians. It was the first programming language I learned back in the mid 1980's and I still use it today to program our BotBrain® Educational Robots.

What I emphasize when writing code is to get a good idea of the logic that is needed to program the robot for the task at hand. Once the logic is sound you can apply it to any other programming language such as C, C++, C#, FORTRAN, etc. It's just a question of learning the new syntax for the most part.

If you enjoyed working and programming your BotBrain® Educational Robots and can't wait to start a new project, visit our website and download our Lesson Plan and BotBrain® Program Maker to keep your programming skills up to par. Purchase one of our brainEbot sets to use during the summer!

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