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About

Where did the project come from?

The Mikeybot Prototype in action
The Mikeybot Prototype in action

Most schools in the UK introduce computer coding by using a block based programming software such as Scratch (MIT link), Blockly (Blockly link), Mblock (Mblock link) and Snap (Snap link). They then progress to software such as Python (Python link).

Although children can learn how to move virtual sprites on the screen, there is a need for a real robot for them to test their coding skills.

Children need to apply their coding skills
Children need to apply their coding skills

For over two years our group has been developing the ‘Mikeybot’ a small robust robot that can be accurately coded using block based programs on an iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Chromebook and even an IT suite of desktops which are connected to a WiFi network.

With many years of experience as Computing Specialist Teachers and ICT Consultants in Primary and Secondary Education, we have developed an effective next step, from using virtual programming to real world programming, which can be used for independent learning at school or in the home.

This is the Mikeybot.

Read about the background to the project on inews:

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The Mikeybot works on any computer wirelessly
The Mikeybot works on any computer wirelessly

Who are we?

Our group is called ComputingFirst click the link to find out about us.

What are we planning to make?

The Mikeybot is a robust iteration of a turtle type robot with the following advanced features:

  • Accurate drawing capability using stepper motors
  • Totally enclosed shell with components clearly visible 
  • Rechargeable with inbuilt sounder 
  • Accurate LED tracking module for line following
  • Collision detection 
  • Pen drawing up/down 
  • Uses Block and Script programming 
  • Works with iPads, and most other devices 
  • Wi-Fi hub or can join Wi-Fi network

Why do we care?

We are passionate believers in developing children’s skills in programming, and presenting them with new challenges at an affordable level, so they can become independent learners and achieve their full potential.

We have regularly tested the robot with children in real classrooms
We have regularly tested the robot with children in real classrooms

As they developed, we have regularly tested our prototypes with school children in classroom environments.

Students can test out and redraw/ recode their ideas
Students can test out and redraw/ recode their ideas

What’s your plan?

Timeline

  • Jun-2017 Kickstarter starts
  • Jul-2017 Kickstarter ends
  • Aug-2017 Develop final iteration
  • Sep-2017 Order component assembly
  • Oct-2017 Order injection moulding 
  • Nov-2017 Test production
  • Dec-2017 Final Mikeybots manufactured
  • Jan-2018 Final Mikeybots sent out

What’s your budget?

£10,000 Injection moulded chassis and wheels and pre production costs

Stretch budget

£20,000 Evolution and refinement of product 

£25,000 Robot arm optional add on

It works!
It works!

 

Risks and challenges

The design is based on a proven system that has been around for at least two years.

The Wi-Fi module is very popular and made in large quantities; there is very little chance of it becoming obsolescent in the foreseeable future. A more likely scenario is that we will redesign the software to use a more capable chip to add enhancements to the software.

The motors used for the wheels are a common part in many products such as air conditioning units so continuity of supply is assured.

At present we use 3D printers for the chassis. If we achieve our goal we will be able to supply quantities of Mikeybots within our timescale, since we would be able to produce the chassis by injection moulding instead.

We have made several prototypes and have a clear idea of the costs involved to produce the robots in quantity.

We are also looking at a working with a company who have a number of years of experience in this field.

The different areas of expertise of group members has enabled us to get to where we are now and will be beneficial in making this project a success.

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