RoughBot is a digital technologies project that combines a low-cost robotics kit with an introduction to programming. The entry level robot kit can be used as a base to build concepts of design, computational thinking, and other STEM related skills. Using Arduino and other components, RoughBot is not black-boxed, and is free from proprietary-software. After assembling the base robot, the possibilities are endless for this customisable unit with the potential to add sensors, 3D printed chassis, LEDs, bluetooth controller and more.
The iSupport Student Tech Team (Years 7-12) at Mazenod College, Mulgrave, ran the RoughBot project as a 6 week lunchtime activity, open to students with an interest in programming and tech but not necessarily studying it within a class. The aim was to build the robot with the option of buying the finished unit to take home and continue developing.
In this session, Sean M Elliott will explore the rationale behind RoughBot and its use in the classroom. You’ll also hear from Camilla Elliott and Mazenod students about the doorway to learning and discovery they’ve had opened to them.