Rover connects to the TI-Innovator Hub and either a TI-84 Plus CE-T or TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator that many students already have and drives interest and curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Students without any exposure to coding or robotics can get started by writing a basic program to make Rover do things like draw, dance or even crash.
“We created Rover to demystify robotics and give students who might be intimidated by programming an easy on-ramp to learn to code,” said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology. “Given the sheer joy we have seen on students’ faces as they learned to code during our testing phase, we are excited to see how Rover will inspire more young minds through robotics.”
Students can team up to use Rover and are encouraged to work collaboratively to explore different STEM concepts.
They can program Rover to put math and science in motion, adding a physical dimension to verbal, symbolic and graphic representations. Rover also provides an accessible on-ramp to more advanced coding, STEM and robotics projects.
Rover was built specifically for use in the classroom and includes a rechargeable battery, color sensor, distance sensor, LED display, gyroscope and marker holder to trace on paper. This calculator-controlled robotic car will be available for purchase in Europe in Spring.
TI further strengthened its education offerings with the announcement of its newest educational solution for the university classroom, the TI Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) including a low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum to provides university students a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work.
Texas Instruments – www.education.ti.com