Robotics with Blockly PD

Parallax Inc.
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This course is geared toward middle school and high school educators, though all educators middle school through college are invited to apply. The Robotics with BlocklyProp course will be an engaging one-day STEM Professional Development featuring Blockly graphical programming and the ActivityBot robot.

Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.

  • Date: Friday, April 20th (one-day course)
  • Place: Nevada Union Adult School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Clock-hours/CEU/PDU, certificate provided.
  • Bring your own: Laptop computer running Windows 7/8/8/10 (not RT), Mac OS, or a Chromebook.

Course Content

  • Included in the course is an ActivityBot 360 Robot Kit and additional hardware.
  • The ActivityBot will be built and programmed and then we’ll move to a project-specific focus. It will include discussion and tips for implementing these topics into your classroom.
  • Learning objectives: build and program an ActivityBot; program a microcontroller by writing programs that display messages, remember values, make computations with math operators, and interact with external circuits; and build circuits to apply principles of electronics, including voltage, resistance, current, signal generation, and signal monitoring.
  • Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators. We will show you how to apply our Blockly system in semester-long courses with a specific parts kit and syllabus.

This course will be held at the NEVADA UNION ADULT ED CLASSROOM # I-13 at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, California 95945


You have to be an educator in middle school, high school or community college, or mentor at a Robotics Club

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm