Your child can learn about robotics with Edison Robot 2.0. It includes many preprogrammed features that are activated by driving over barcodes. Using infrared light and light sensors, Edison can avoid obstacles and travel along paths. It can also respond to TV remote commands and sound commands such as clapping. It’s designed for children in 4th through 8th grade.
Edison comes with online access to EdBlocks, a block-based robot programming software. Kids practice programming by using EdBlocks to control how Edison moves and responds. The software contains more than 150 blocks that are divided into five categories: drive, outputs, wait until, control or start events. After creating a custom layout with blocks using the online software, a child can download it to Edison.
EdWare is an additional software option that allows kids to program Edison using drag-and-drop graphics. It has the option to input text-based properties. This allows Edison to have a memory of past events and have enhanced response options.
A more advanced programming option includes EdPy which can program Edison using the Python programming language.
Add-on with LEGO
Because Edison is LEGO-compatible, you can build onto it to make really fun projects. If you have more than one Edison, you can try out battle mode where the Edisons will compete to stay in an enclosed path. You can print lines for Edison and create your own paths. Although you can laminate the free printables, it can make it difficult for Edison to read.