- 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?
- How do I set up 30 Wireless Thymio Robots to work in one classroom, independently of one another?
- Is your content tied to standards?
- Can multiple teachers manage and see the dashboard for a classroom?
- My child is new to coding and robotics, would they be at a disadvantage in the camp coming in as beginners ?
- My child has played a number of coding games/apps and has the basics of if/then and if/else commands settled and has built a couple LEGO Boost creations, too. Would this camp be a good fit for him?
- My child is experienced in coding and robotics, will they be challenged in camp?
- Is this a camp I can register my child for more than one week? Would they be doing the same thing?
- Do I need to sign the Media Release? Why do you have one?
- Should campers provide their own lunch?
- Is there a syllabus? What will they be learning in camp?
- 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?
- Thymio is behaving strangely
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.
How do I set up 30 Wireless Thymio Robots to work in one classroom, independently of one another?
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.
TechyKids Camp Questions
My child is new to coding and robotics, would they be at a disadvantage in the camp coming in as beginners ?
They would absolutely not be at a disadvantage if they are new to coding and robotics. Each kid starts at the level that they are at and getting kids started with TechyKids is optimal as we build help lay a strong foundation for growth. In camp we always assume that each kid is a beginner unless we hear otherwise, and then adjust appropriately.
My child has played a number of coding games/apps and has the basics of if/then and if/else commands settled and has built a couple LEGO Boost creations, too. Would this camp be a good fit for him?
Yes! If your child has shown an interest in coding already, and is into building and lego, this camp is a perfect fit for them. TechyKids explains about the broader applications of robotics so it elevates their understanding from just ‘play’ to also understanding that with the skills they are learning it can be applied in real world applications. It puts kids on a growth path towards developing their ‘playing’ into creating and giving them a desire to grow their skills to be able to rise to the occasion for larger challenges, and empowers them to do so. TechyKids also instills the right mindset for growth and innovation, so it gives a foundation and larger framework that kids can build from.
In terms of robots, there are many of them out there, there are also many different languages. In camp we use a robot called the Thymio robot that is a platform the imagination. It is LEGO compatible, and kids will be building with it and also programming. The robot is a premier educational robot developed in a university by educators and roboticist as an educational robot. It has 20 different sensors, more than 40 programmable lights, and can be coded with a block based language and real written code in a code editor. We get the kids writing real code- and they LOVE it. We’ve heard straight from kids how at first they were intimidated when they saw the text language, but not for long! Often by the second day of camp we have the kids writing real code. And when it ‘clicks’ for them they get a feeling that now anything is possible. And they prove it, by creating original inventions and creations. The TechyKids program was developed by an engineer/educator, so it is a strong program that really introduces and puts them on the path of being able to ‘think’ like an engineer.
The TechyKids program with Thymio robot has been tested and granted a seal from Purdue University, a top ranked US engineering university as teaching design and engineering to kids.
My child is experienced in coding and robotics, will they be challenged in camp?
There will be a wide range of ages and abilities at the summer camp. TechyKids is unique in this way that it is able to support the range of ages/abilities and subject matter as each child will have their own personalized logins to get high quality content at their own pace and level, pulling the appropriate resources when they want and need it.
We have helpful and experienced staff in camp that will help mentor students towards leveling up their thinking and approach. The camp is project based, so your son or daughter will be able to work at his own pace and receive support. Our program is adjusted and flexible to support kids of different skill levels and interest areas.
Campers ideate and collaborate together to create unique projects, learn skills and flex their abilities as they bring their ideas to reality. The participants also learn other skills and create videos and presentations about their projects that they proudly showcase out to parents and campers during the last day of camp.
Is this a camp I can register my child for more than one week? Would they be doing the same thing?
The camp is project and inquiry based, with new kids coming in each week. Kids who have been in TechyKids camp in the past and also in the classroom during the year are continually challenged. If you son or daughter would come, the first week they would be paired with another beginner. And then the next week(s) they would paired them with a kid with more experience. Think of it like a maker space with guidance and help. The next week they would be gaining more knowledge and have more time for exploration and be able to bring their projects to the next level.
They would be able to do the camp more than one week and still be very much engaged, and gain further technical skill and general ability.
Do I need to sign the Media Release? Why do you have one?
Should campers provide their own lunch?
Yes, campers provide their own lunch.
Is there a syllabus? What will they be learning in camp?
The format of camp is that we orient the kids, they get to know how to use TechyKids to access their resources and templates for their original projects, we pair them up with with a camper of a similar age or ability level, and then they learn and work together in projects, and we help them achieve their goals. Friday of camp the kids present out to fellow campers and family. Kids work at their own level and pace, with ample support and guidance.
On the TechyKids site, you can look at the projects to see the wide range of projects created by the kids.
Video about camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz6OLcEj8cQ
Interview with a kid talking about camp: https://youtu.be/wTEaOvsHLC0
A short description of what they will be learning and experiencing: How do robots work? How does the robot see the world? Learn it all here while you program a real robot! Thymio is a versatile and fun robot with 20 sensors, 2 motors, and 39 LEDs. It’s the perfect platform for an endless amount of projects and creativity. First, get started with the easy to learn visual programming language as you learn to program behaviors. Then we’ll advance to learn what ‘if then’ statements are and how to read and modify real code! We’ll be doing a variety of projects from programming a robot pet with personality, to having Thymio follow a path, solving a maze, to creating a musical instrument.
Thymio is not just an ordinary robot, it’s the platform to use your imagination to create and invent whatever you can imagine! Program the robot to behave as you wish and then build off of Thymio with LEGO, and crafts to turn it into your invention. Then we’ll be working on logo design, your product description, and making a video advertisement for your robot. By the end of camp you’ll be revving to try and sell your newly branded invention.
What is the Camp Cancellation Policy?
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?
Thymio is behaving strangely
Most commonly if you have Thymio in pre-programmed modes and it is not moving, it is either not in the mode you think.
It could be in a user saved program. Turn Thymio off and then switch to a color and then press the middle button
You could have it sitting on a very dark or clear surface and so thymio thinks there is nothing below it and it is programmed to not move
If you are using Thymio outside, the sun gives off infrared light and confuse the robot’s IR sensors