- 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?
- Where do I find Activities that I can do with Thymio?
- Is your content tied to standards?
TechyKids System Educator Questions
- Can multiple teachers manage and see the dashboard for a classroom?
- 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?
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/
Can I get a bulk discount for my public or non-profit school?
Yes, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org for bulk ordering information.
Where do I find Activities that I can do with Thymio?
- Adding LEGO to Thymio
- Hand Following
- Robot Drawings
- Yoga Ball Balance
- Musical Instrument
- Line Follow
- Voice Recorder Thymio
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 email@example.com with the classroom name, and the usernames which teacher(s) you’d like to add to manage the classroom.
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.