Inspire and engage.
The GoBox is a monthly subscription service that comes with a full robot car, the GoPiGo, and new missions that get delivered to your door monthly. It’s the perfect way to learn how to program, as it walks you through every step of building and programming it to accomplish new missions that teach you more every month.
We’ve put together twelve awesome missions, which are fun activities to do with your GoPiGo robot car. You’ll learn how to program 9 cool sensors on the GoPiGo to help it avoid objects, detect and react to sound, follow a path and so much more!
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.
GoBox is a fun and easy
way to learn programming through a build-your-own robot kit with monthly robotics missions that are delivered right to your door! The first month, you’ll get the GoPiGo robot car, and every month after that you will be assigned a mission to accomplish! Each month, your GoBox will include step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish a mission — complete with illustrations and links to helpful videos. Most missions also include a new sensor (total of 9 new sensors shipped to you throughout the program).
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.
What is the GoPiGo?
The GoPiGo is the foundation of GoBox. GoPiGo is a robot car we designed, built, and launched last year. With the awesome feedback we received from thousands of users and our thriving, creative community, we have learned how to make it easier to assemble, more durable, and a lot more fun to use! All of these improvements will be included in the GoPiGo2, as a part of this GoBox Kickstarter!
The GoPiGo is built around a really neat $35 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.
You can program the GoPiGo in many languages including Python, Scratch, 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.
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.
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.
Why a monthly subscription?
It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your monthly GoBox comes with a new sensor for your robot to help you accomplish a mission. Each mission builds on the next, so you are learning new skills and staying engaged over a period of time — which we believe is the key to success!
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.
Each Mission will be accompanied with helpful videos to get you started and walk you through certain parts of the Mission.
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.
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 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.
The missions are in a story form of step-by-step instructions that take you through the whole experience. You’ll have full access to our video library and support forums as well. The program sensors include the light sensor, sound sensor, ultrasonic sensor, buzzer, LED, motion sensor, button sensor, infrared sensor, and the brand new GoPiGo Line Follower.
- GoPiGo2 – the new and improved version of the GoPiGo! You’ll get the brand new version of the GoPiGo robot for the Raspberry Pi. The robot is easy to assemble and turns your Raspberry Pi into a robot car! (works with all versions of the Raspberry Pi)
- Printed Missions – Each mission comes as a full color printed booklet. For those that already own a GoPiGo, these missions, the software, and the sensors will work with the older version of the GoPiGo as well as the GoPiGo2.
- Additional Supplies – Each mission will come with additional supplies to help you add more functions to your GoPiGo in order to accomplish the missions.
- GoPiGo Line Follower – The GoPiGo Line Follower sensor helps you program the GoPiGo to find and follow lines written on a surface.
- Light Sensor – The light sensor detects different levels of light around the GoPiGo, and enables you to program the robot to react to those readings in whatever way you choose!
- Sound Sensor – The sound sensor reads the level of noise around the GoPiGo and enables you to use that data to make the GoPiGo react to changes in noise.
- Ultrasonic Sensor – The ultrasonic sensor tells how far the GoPiGo is from a solid object. It can be used to measure distance from a wall, person, or another object.
- Buzzer – The buzzer adds sound and alerts to the GoPiGo. Make a sound with the GoPiGo to send alerts or scare your cats!
- LED – The LED adds lights to your GoPiGo. This LED can be attached to the GoPiGo to add a little personalization, help debug programs, and light up the room.
- Motion Sensor – The motion sensor detects moving objects around the GoPiGo.
- Button – Add a button to your GoPiGo. You can plug the button sensor into the GoPiGo to command the robot to move different ways, and do different things.
- Infrared Sensor – Send commands to your GoPiGo with your TV remote or other infrared based remote controller.
You can also get custom acrylic colors for the GoPiGo!