Discover Robotics & Programming
The PCS Edventures Discover Robotics & Programming Kit is a one-of-a-kind collection combining both exceptional curriculum and high-quality mechanical building pieces. The robotics curriculum is a platform that teaches basic programming logic in the context of mechanical output, which allows students to gain integral 21st century skills like creative problem-solving as well as thinking logically and critically. This cross-curricular technique also aligns with various national and international teaching standards including the following: Common Core, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
By combining a game-like programming interface and real mechanical robotic components, the Discover Robotics & Programming Kit is one of the most versatile and useful teaching tools of today. Projects focus on the integration of STEAM skills by incorporating math, physics and engineering principles. Each project is followed with an optional journaling component to fuse language arts and reflection, in response to extensive research that illustrates the benefits of including reflective elements in STEM classrooms.
With Discover Robotics & Programming students have the freedom to iterate and design, while gaining tangible benefits from frequent analysis and reflection. Individual Discover Robotics & Programming kits are meant to be used with 1-3 students. Each level within the student-driven series focuses on different concepts and are clearly aligned for specified age ranges, allowing educators to implement the most appropriate activities in their classrooms which are also engaging, fun and educational!
Classroom Curriculum: Grades 6-8
LABCard Version: Grades 4-8
Cortex Programming Software Downloads
Brain Controller Pack
The Brain robotic controller from PCS Edventures! offers students the opportunity to learn about robotics like never before. With quick processing power, wireless connectivity, and physical sensors, the Brain is used with the Cortex programming environment to create a comprehensive hands-on robotics education experience.
With physical hooks that are easily adaptable to LEGO and fischertechnik parts, students can build to their imagination’s content. Then, using the Cortex, students program desired movement and watch their creations come to life!
The advanced sensor pack allows robots to interact with the physical world and respond to received stimuli. New sensors include touch, infrared, optical, LED, and ultrasonic.
Discover Robotics & Programming is an extremely versatile kit which can be used in a variety of educational environments. When choosing to purchase the kit, there are two options for curriculum which can be paired with the physical building manipulatives. The first option was developed specifically for classroom use, and therefore is called the Classroom Curriculum. In this bound book are projects, challenges and design activities suitable for students in grades 6-8. The Classroom version booklet, meant for 1-3 students, progresses through four different levels, each of which includes journaling components and a variety of assessment options for teachers to choose from.
The second curriculum option for the Discover Robotics & Programming kit is known as LABCards. This curriculum is unique in the fact that is can be utilized with younger students in grades 4-8, and is extremely student-driven. This option also comes with four different levels of cards, and each level includes 5 cards. With a total of 20 cards full of activities, challenges and design activities, the LABCards can be used in after-school programs or other educational settings that require curricular flexibility. Each set of LABCards can be used by individual students, or used in small groups to encourage collaborative skills. If you are unsure which option is best for you, please feel free to contact one of our STEM experts for assistance!
The Discover Robotics & Programming Value Pack comes with five (5) individual kits, each of which is suitable for 1-3 students. To get most for your money, and your learning environment, choose the Value Pack! This bundle is perfect for small classrooms with up to 15 students, after-school programs, homeschool groups and more!
The Discover Robotics & Programming Classroom Pack includes 16 individual kits, which are stored in a high-quality hardwood furniture case with rolling casters. Each kit, is meant to be used with 1-3 students, so the Classroom Pack can be utilized with groups of 16-48 students! In addition, the Classroom Pack comes with a special Robotics Challenge Guide for additional ideas and guidance when attempting local or national robotics competitions.
Discover Robotics & Programming LABCards
Robots rock! In this robotics series students develop a strong understanding of the world of robots and programming. As with all the LABCards series, the robotics set is designed to be student-driven using project-based learning techniques, which builds upon skills using a combination of step-by-step projects and challenges. Students begin by learning basic robotic construction concepts followed by an introduction to programming. By using the PCS Edventures designed RiQ robot coupled with the interactive programming software Cortex, students of a variety of ages can be quickly building and programming their own robot.
While students work through the four set series, they learn about construction, programming, electric currents and polarity which creates a cross-curricular program that helps students to think beyond singular subject areas. In addition students are challenged to think use skills learned in projects to complete more difficult challenges, to develop 21st Century Skills like problem-solving as well as thinking critically and logically.
Not only are the Robotics LABCards a perfect addition to the classroom, but they can easily be used in after-school programs, robotic clubs and more! Their flexible design for students allows instructors of many different learning environments teach the expansive and exciting nature of robotics. Get building, programming and innovating with the LABCard Robotic series!
*Used with Discover Robotics Kit*
RiQ - The Easy To Build And Program Robot Kit
RiQ is an easy-to-build and easy-to-program robot kit for all ages with building components, sensors, and a microcontroller that enables everyone to be an inventor, engineer, or scientist! RiQ is a product for stimulating creativity, learning how to program, and providing a platform for experimenting in an engaging way with engineering and robotics. Recommended for students ages 9 and up, RiQ can be programmed easily with your Android or iOS Tablet using a Bluetooth connection, or you can program on an Apple or Windows computer (communicate with USB or Bluetooth).
The RiQ kit includes fischertechnik building elements comprised of high strength nylon and steel sufficient to build the mobile RiQ platform – you can also invent a number of other projects – you are limited only by your imagination!
The PCS Brain Robotic Microcontroller
The PCS Brain is a remarkable achievement in Arduino compatible system design as we have integrated some of the most useful features for users into one, easy-to-use package versatile ABS transparent housing . If you do some shopping around to build an Arduino system complete with wireless communications, motor and servo shields, PCB mounted sensors, easy-to-use connections, cables, power supply, etc. you will quickly accumulate a $400+ shopping list. Here, with the RiQ package you get all of this including a user friendly system case with physical hooks that allow you to bolt this bad boy onto just about anything you want to roboticize.
– Microcontroller ATmega328P TQFP32
– Operating Voltage 5V
– Input Voltage (recommended) 7-16V
– Input Voltage (limits) 16V
– Digital I/O Pins 14 (of which 6 provide PWM output)
– Analog Input Pins 8
– Flash Memory 32 KB (ATmega328) of which 0.5 KB used by bootloader
– SRAM 2 KB (ATmega328P)
– EEPROM 1 KB (ATmega328P)
– Clock Speed 16 MHz
fischertechnik and Building Inventory
RiQ includes 2 DC motors, gear boxes, axles, wheels, hub nuts, high quality swivels with steel balls, a pen holder so RiQ can draw, and other components for building RiQ and inventing other creations.
Ultrasonic Sensor (1)
RiQ’s “eyes” help him find his way using ultrasonic sound waves! Use high frequency waves to navigate and identify objects with the power of science!
Infrared Sensor (2)
RiQ uses infrared sensors to detect differences in reflected light of off surfaces – it’s the perfect solution for line following or sumo wrestling robot matches when RiQ needs to stay in the ring!
Light Sensor (1)
This sensor enables RiQ to react to the amount of ambient light he senses – for example, program your robot so that when the lights go on he runs for his life!
Touch Sensor (2)
Use touch sensors (pressure sensitive switch) with RiQ to make sure he knows when he runs into a wall, a chair leg, or your pets.
Now that’s flashy. Bright pink and blue LEDs give RiQ the ability to light up the room with excitement and design creativity.
Bluetooth Dongle (1 – BLE or Classic)
Unleash RiQ with wireless communication from your Android or IOS tablet or any computer or laptop with Bluetooth capability! RiQ talks USB also, but no wires is far more fun! Make sure to order the right dongle – Bluetooth classic or BLE. Bluetooth classic is compatible with all computers (Windows, PC, Apple) and Android-based tablets. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is suitable for iPad versions 3 and above. Please note that the Cortex software is not intended, nor compatible with smart phones of any kind.
Powerful Rechargeable Li-Po Battery
11.1v LiPo rechargeable battery, case, and DC adapter.
Motor cables (2), sensor cables (5), ultrasonic sensor cable (1), USB cable, and a recharging cable.
The PCS Cortex Programming Environment
As easy as connecting blocks, the programming interface connects logic commands together in an intuitive way that promotes a quick and easy programming environment ideal for students just starting programming. The Cortex provides a great platform for promoting interest in programming due to its gamified nature – built on a powerful gaming platform, the programming environment engages students while providing a rich set of resources for learning how to program. One of the most unique aspects of the environment is the ability to integrate tablet based sensors into your program for controlling the Brain. For example, you can capture sounds from your tablet microphone and vary the speed of your robot’s motors based on how much noise the microphone is picking up! Use the accelerometer, GPS, compass, and other built in sensors and make them part of your invention!