Environment for Learning to Program Robots—Without Robots
Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) is a simulation environment created by Robomatter, which enables students without robots to learn programming. RVW simulates popular real-world VEX, LEGO, and TETRIX robots in 3D environments while using the same language—ROBOTC—to program both virtual and physical robots. RVW can be used in classroom, home, and competition environments. A free 10-day trial is offered.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.