FAQ

Questions

Ordering Questions

  • How do the different popular educational robots compare?
  • Which Thymio should I Get, what is the difference Between Wireless and Regular Thymio, and what is included with the Education Package?
  • Can I get a bulk discount for my public or non-profit school?

Use Questions

  • Where do I find Activities that I can do with Thymio?

Educational Questions

  • Is your content tied to standards?

TechyKids System Educator Questions

  • Can multiple teachers manage and see the dashboard for a classroom?

Issues

  • I’m having an issue with Thymio or Aseba Studio, how can I get help or report a bug?
  • Thymio sometimes has connectivity issues with the computer, how to fix?

Answers

Ordering

How do the different popular educational robots compare?

Check out our blog post to answer this commonly asked question:  Comparing the Different Educational Robots

Which Thymio should I Get, what is the difference Between Wireless and Regular Thymio, and what is included with the Education Package?

I’d recommend the education package as it comes with all the extras and allows many more interesting projects that people enjoy.  The memory card allows users to add custom sounds and to turn Thymio into a voice recorder.  The remote control allows you to press buttons from a distance and sends signals to the robot to control it and send it commands (acting like buttons on the robot from elsewhere).

Now the question of wireless and the regular Thymio.  The regular Thymio is less expensive than the wireless version.  They are both the same, but the Wireless Thymio also allows wireless programming.  Which means that programs can be sent to the robot without the use of the USB cord.  It’s pretty cool because you can update the program without plugging and unplugging the USB cord.  It’s handy for the avid programmer and the young programmer.

Now a few things to note- if the student plans on using the Scratch programming language, I strongly advise the wireless Thymio.  Because with Scratch the computer acts as the brain and needs a constant connection with the robot.  If the connection gets disrupted the reconnection process is a pain.  So, wireless is by far the best thing.

Also if you plan on using an android tablet app to program Thymio- definitely the wireless is the best.

If the user will be using with a Mac or Windows and using the Aseba or Scratch programming language the Wireless is great.  I think for a consumer option the Wireless version is the preferred.  For schools looking to save $$ the regular Thymio offers a more afforable option.

If programming using RobotMagic, right now the Wireless capability is not yet integrated.  So if they plan on using RobotMagic at home they can save the money on the robot, but the license for RobotMagic is needed.

It’s also possible to upgrade the regular Thymio with a DIY kit later on, but some soldering skills are needed.

So, biggest thing is the difference in price for the additional functionality and convenience and ‘cool’ factor of Wireless.  For young users the wireless is best because the hardest part of using Thymio is plugging in the USB Cord.

Link to the Thymio Education Package:https://www.techykids.com/product/education-thymio-package-thymio-remote-memory-card/

Can I get a bulk discount for my public or non-profit school?

Yes, please contact Sharon at info@techykids.com for bulk ordering information.

Use

Where do I find Activities that I can do with Thymio?

Thymio Activities

Educational

Is your content tied to standards?

Currently the Thymio Beginner Course and  Thymio Intermediate Course are tied to Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering Design, 3-5.

TechyKids System Educator

Can multiple teachers manage and see the dashboard for a classroom?

Yes, email info@techykids.com with the classroom name, and the usernames which teacher(s) you’d like to add to manage the classroom.

Issues

I’m having an issue with Thymio or Aseba Studio, how can I get help or report a bug?

Aseba and Thymio are open course, and there is an active community on: https://github.com/aseba-community/aseba/issues

You can create an account and track issues, or use the website to suggest product improvements.

Thymio sometimes has connectivity issues with the computer, how to fix?

The connectivity issues often the connection between Thymio and the USB.  For that reason, I have a part in the video lessons talking about carefully plugging in Thymio- that connection point is the weakest part of Thymio (i.e. the most likely to fail in all of the robot).  So to prevent future issue, stress to the users to carefully check that the cord is blue tape up before plugging in and they never pull the robot by the cord or try and wiggle it to get it out of the robot.  Be aware of it to prevent future issues as if the usb connection the robot breaks there isn’t a way to fix it.
Now, to answer your question.  I’d recommend getting some of these cords.  They seem to latch onto the robot pretty well for a secure connection.  Thymio is very particular with the cord it uses.. so any random one you may buy or have won’t usually work, but I’ve had good experiences with that one from Amazon.  So, buy a few packs of those and it should solve your issue.  The usb cords tend to wear with repeated plugging and unplugging and lose the ability to latch onto the robot as well.