GoBox for Educators

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Missions

12 projects to help beginners build and program their robot.

Sample mission

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GoBoxEd comes with the newest version of the GoPiGo.

What is GoPiGo?

Beginners

Step-by-step instructions teach you to program in Scratch.

View Mission Instructions

GoBox for Educators

Are you an educator looking for robotics & programming projects for the classroom, an after school program or a camp? Check out our Classroom kit below & contact our DexterEd Team for info about Mission licenses and to get connected with other teachers!

Teacher Trial Info

GoBoxEd Classroom Kit (5 kits -10 students)

GoBoxEd Club Kit (10 kits – 40 students)

GoBoxEd Missions License (1 Site)

$1,999.99

5 GoBoxEd kits (GoPiGo & 9 sensors) & access to our beautifully designed missions on Dexter Studio. Perfect for groups of 10 or 15 students to offer a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio.

$999.99

Mission Only set includes 5 sets of 9 sensors & 12 beautifully designed missions on Dexter Studio. Perfect if you already have the GoPiGo.

$3,799.99

10 GoBoxEd kits (GoPiGo kit & 9 sensors) and digital access to the 12 beautifully designed missions on Dexter Studio for user with up to 40 students.

$1,899.99

Mission Only options includes 10 sets of  9 sensors and digital access to the 12 beautifully designed missions on Dexter Studio for user with up to 40 students. Perfect if you already have the GoPiGo.

$1,999.99 + $299.99/kit

Access to the 12 beautifully designed missions in PDF format to print for one site (one school) for unlimited users and access to all Missions on Dexter Studio. GoBoxEd kits sold separately at $299.99 per kit. Contact us for a quote.

Inspire and engage.

The GoBoxEd is an adapted version of our GoBox subscription service. GoBoxEd comes with a full GoPiGo robot car kit, 9 sensors & a 12-mission unit to learn programming. It’s a fun way to learn how to program, as the missions walk you through every step of building & programming your robot to accomplish new missions & learn new concepts.

Read more about GoPiGo

Learn new skills.

Watch how 11-year old “Agent KK” uses what she’s learned from GoBox to build her own solution to the age old problem – siblings that sneak in your room and take your stuff! She uses the GoPiGo, the Raspberry Pi robot car, to not only scare them away, but also document the intruision.

Watch the full video.

We believe that the more someone knows about the way technology works, the more effective and successful they will be in any career they choose. However, the way that technology – like engineering and computer science – is taught, caters to those with a specific style of learning, and can often be boring and frustrating for many of us because it requires so much background knowledge.

To solve this, we’re making an easy-to-use robot kit that will enable and excite anyone with any background to learn about coding and technology.

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Programming 

The GoPiGo is built around a really neat $40 single board computer called the Raspberry Pi . It was developed by a UK foundation a few years back and has taken the education world by storm — making it easier than ever for young people to get their hands on electronics and learn to program. It’s easy to use, and we think it’s the best platform for beginners because it doesn’t require any prior knowledge.

Read more about the Raspberry Pi and the Non-Profit Foundation that supports it here.

open source

The GoBox and the GoPiGo Raspberry Pi Robot Car are part of the Open Source Hardware Community.

Programming Languages

You can program the GoPiGo in many languages including Python, Scratch, Bloxter, Node.js, and Go.  Our awesome community has even developed Windows10 for the GoPiGo! Don’t know what any of these languages are?  Don’t worry, GoPiGo helps you learn the basic coding languages.

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When we looked at how to make GoBox accessible and engaging for all skills levels, we decided that developing the missions for the GoPiGo in Scratch was the best option. GoBox is also now in Bloxter, our new drag and drop language that comes with DexterOS and the new GoPiGo3.

Bloxter is our drag and drop language based on Google’s language, Blockly. It is an easy and intuitive way to learn programming and get the most out of your robot!

Programming the GoPiGo in Scratch
Programming the GoPiGo in Scratch

 

Scratch is an easy drag and drop language developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for teaching new programmers how to code. Rather than typical lines of code, you’ll use simple shapes and graphics to program your robot.

What’s a Mission?

What’s more exciting than going on a mission? Our team of illustrators, teachers, engineers and designers are crafting beautiful and easy to understand materials that lead you through a story that helps you accomplish something cool with your GoPiGo and each new sensor.

Check out this sample robot Mission, which not only teaches concepts about biomimicry but does so in a way that explains programming concepts like if and else statements, how robots read sensor data, concepts like thresholds, and math concepts like averages and how they apply to coding.

Click This Picture to View a Sample Mission (PDF)
Click This Picture to View a Sample Mission (PDF)

 

Each Mission will be accompanied with helpful videos to get you started and walk you through certain parts of the Mission.

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Engineering Concepts

Each mission has fundamental engineering principles woven into the mission. The GoBox teaches new ways to think about how to approach and solve problems.

Each mission presents a problem and provides the tools to approach and solve the problem in your own unique way. Our missions encourage the design theory approach: state the problem, design, build, code, test, and iterate.

This allows students to find their own answers, and encourages them to come up with their own missions!

Programming Concepts: Making them real.

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With GoBox, you’re not just playing with a robot, you’re actually learning programming concepts without it ever feeling like a computer science class. A robot makes the whole coding and programming experience tangible and real.

Some of the concepts that are taught in the 12 GoBox missions include: program structure, if then statements, forever until control structures, variables, loops, nesting loops, waits, sequencing, state machine, inputs and outputs, broadcasting, conditional statements, iteration, variables, random numbers, event handling, parallel execution, and boolean logic.

Aren’t sure of what all of these terms mean? No problem – that is exactly what GoBox is meant to help teach.

Not just a toy.…

Since GoPiGo can also be programmed in Python, Go, Node.js and a growing list of other languages supported by our community, when you or your child outgrows Bloxter or Scratch, a whole world of powerful programming languages awaits! Also, because the GoPiGo is open source, our active community is constantly adding new examples, languages, and features.

Our Community and Support

By far the biggest accomplishment with the GoPiGo has been establishing an open, supportive and growing community. Our inspiration, the source of our feedback, and our wellspring of ideas has been the Dexter Industries community.

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