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RoboBlockly

RoboBlocklyHourOfCode

RoboBlockly is a web-based robot simulation environment for learning coding and math. Based on Google Blockly,  it uses a simple puzzle-piece interface to program  virtual Linkbot and Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3  for beginners to learn robotics, computing, science, technology, engineering, and math (C-STEM). Blocks can be executed in debug mode step-by-step.

The RoboBlockly curriculum includes  student self-guided  Hour of Code, Robotics, and Coding Activities. The  teacher-lead 1st to 9th grade specific  Math Activities are  Common Core State Standards -Mathematics compliant. The related Teacher’s Notes and  comprehensive Teacher Resource Packets in PDF files for all these activities along with 39 video lessons  help teachers integrate the RoboBlockly curriculum into their teaching.

Constructing programs with blocks also generates C++ code that can be readily launched and run in Ch without any modification to control hardware Linkbot and Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3, or virtual Linkbot and NXT/EV3 with RoboSim. Users can easily share the saved RoboBlockly code for collaboration and learning. Users can also create and share their Board with different background for obstacle courses.

Roboblockly can be used with any modern web browser on any computing devices including laptops, tablets, iPads, and smartphones, and is available in multiple languages.

RoboBlockly is provided free of charge.  At the peak, more than 10,000 students a day use the web site for RoboBlockly to learn math and computing with robotics.

A sample video lesson on controlling multiple virtual Linkbot and Lego Mindstorms in  RoboBlockly and hardware robots in Ch.

A sample video lesson  on artistic drawing in RoboBlockly and generated Ch code.