Which would be the best council solution?

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MrsM
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Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:10 pm

We currently have a lot of schools in our LA wanting to buy different Raspberry PI controlled robots but we have small technical issues. We want to find a working council solution.
We plan to test some solutions.

Can anyone, please, add to the list of things we have already been asked to look at, or give an opinion on what's suggested below?

We have Lego ‘WeDo’ and ‘EV3’ as our windows based solution but a Raspberry PI solution is missing.

Here are some examples of what schools are looking to buy…

http://www.hope-education.co.uk/product ... re-licence

http://www.hope-education.co.uk/product ... itio-robot

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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:43 pm

I wouldn't go with the Initio as although it is quite advanced and versatile, its not "school use" hardened

The TTS Pi2Go (designed by same firm that make the Initio) would be my recommendation for Pi robiot school use

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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:02 pm

Dear MrsM,

Perhaps because I am an (old-time) consultant, before I can offer cogent advice, I need to know:
  • your requirements for the robots
    your budget (per robot)
    age range children to be taught
Your requirements should be separated into a "must have" list, and a "good to have", as the capabilities you can obtain for your robot greatly depend on your budget ("champaign taste" does not go with "beer budget")

You also need to specify if you already have the Pi's for the robots, or need them provided, as well as what kind of existing computer gear you have that may connect to the robots wirelessly.

Forgive me, I am Canadian, and have not heard of "a council solution".

I am assuming you meant "consensus solution", as in one everyone agrees on, which is very unlikely to happen due to different needs and budgets.
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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:40 pm

Thanks, I'll go back to our team and ask for more specification details.

We are the Digital Futures team for our local authority (council), we research, test and then suggest the technology which can be provided to schools if they have the budget. We make sure it will work with our systems and that it can be purchased through our systems, which can be restrictive. Sadly we can't just shop on PiHut or Amazon :cry:

The children to be taught would be from 5-18years, however the target age for using a Pi is likely to be age 9-11years (Primary School) and age 12-16years (Secondary School)

Some schools already have RPi but don't yet know what to do with them and need something to support a classroom implementation.

Essentially we're looking, at the moment, for suggestions and ideas which we can investigate, the cheaper the better as this will mean schools can buy more of them, but equally, if it's costly then a few per class or school would also be viable.

Our children code with scratch and then move on to Python etc, so any robot which can start at that level and progress would be ideal.

This may not be enough info, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:48 pm

Look at Dexter Industries, for an American solution. The Gopigo is already used in classrooms and supports Scratch and Python. It can be expanded with plug and play sensors.
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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:28 pm

There's CamJam EduKit 3, which is as-cheap-as-possible, here:
https://thepihut.com/collections/camjam ... 3-robotics

Contact The Pi Hut if you want to buy in bulk as he'll need to work out shipping for a large shipment.

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Re: Pi Robotics, a council solution?

Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:00 pm

recantha2 wrote:There's CamJam EduKit 3, which is as-cheap-as-possible, here:
https://thepihut.com/collections/camjam ... 3-robotics

Contact The Pi Hut if you want to buy in bulk as he'll need to work out shipping for a large shipment.

Any problems, email me on [email protected]
I'm not sure that our school orderinng system allows us to order from PiHut. We can only order from approved suppliers.
I'll need to find out If it is even possible to add someone to the approved suppliers and how to do it.

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