The big challenge for Robotica Educativa’s is: How can we make owning a robotics kit feasible for the average Mexican family?
One option would be to look into the possibility of simply choose a cheaper products as a educational robot. Obviously the question is; will a cheaper robot be able to suffice in the same way as a more costly one? We’ll have to ask this to Cinthia, our contact within Robotica Educativa.
In the following links you will find some education robots for a drastically lower price than the ones provided by LEGO:
- ONE ROBOT PER KID. mBot is the easiest educational robot for kids to learn programming, Arduino and robotics.
- The Pi-Bot is a uniquely designed (and affordable!) complete robot kit for anyone interested in building and programming robots!
- Rokit Smart is a user-friendly robotics kit that teaches building and programming (using Arduino) of robots without soldering
Another way would be to drastically change the view on educational Robotics. For instance not by getting chips and electronic components – all made in china – but by looking for mechanical robots made with parts right out of the dumpster!
We’ll look into this possibility in the coming week. The hard part – which I’m most skeptical about – is to make the robot’s usable as genuine robots. So not just a cardboard box that has the appearance of a starwars character, but a real robot with sensors, programmable controllers, actuators, etc.
Another option would be to get local organizations exited to help for the good cause. Also this week we are going to further look into this option. Two concrete plans are getting into contact with the university in Mexico City, in particular with the robotics faculty. Secondly we’ll be trying to get into contact with the popular modern science museum. As I understood from Benji’s comment last week, they have an area where they get kids acquainted with Robotics.
In Mexico there is also a museum called Papalote museo del nin~o https://www.papalote.org.mx/ which has lots of technology and cool science tricks just for kids. – Benji
So concluding, enough work for coming week.