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I have a class of 25 students. We want to learn programming robots using a blockly-type programming language. I would prefer having a robot for every student or at least one per every two students. Price is a concern. I would like to spend about max $50 per student.

I am mostly working with middle-school kids (7th and 8th grades). Most have never worked with robots nor have they programmed in any language (including blockly).

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  • $\begingroup$ I incorporated your comment. A lot of the stuff I'm seeing is for grades k-2, so that's good to know. $\endgroup$
    – Ben I.
    Feb 11 '20 at 17:44
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Take a look at the Edison Programmable V2.0 Robot. (https://www.robotshop.com/en/edison-programmable-v20-robot.html) Available from Amazon. Also Makeblock mBot Robot Kit (Amazon.com)

I have read some articles about the Edison be used in school successfully. The Makeblock I just saw on Amazon.

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    $\begingroup$ Edison looks like a great robot for starters. Makeblock looks good too and maybe more flexible, but also more expensive. Thanks for the input! $\endgroup$
    – birwin
    Feb 11 '20 at 17:58
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I'm a big fan of micro:bit and kits that companies build for them. For example, the Tinybit robot from Yahboom. It includes programming activities. I've bought hundreds of these and had good experiences with 12 - 16 year olds who are new to programming.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Computer Science Educators! I hope we hear more from you. $\endgroup$
    – Ben I.
    May 4 at 0:59
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, Ben! ☺ I appreciate the welcome $\endgroup$
    – Randi W
    May 5 at 12:06

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