I'm here to speak in favor of LEGO WeDo + Scratch, for the following reasons:simplesi wrote:...I, like many schools, have already invested in Wedo.
The Lego Wedo kit is lovely but like all technical Lego, is expensive. ...
I'd love to have it in my schools due to its ease of assembly and familiarity but not at current price levels
- Schools and donors are willing to invest in LEGO products, for the same reasons they keep buying Apple products.
- The LEGO WeDo sets have curriculum that works well to introduce programming & robotics to really young kids in a fun & user-friendly way. And a growing fan community is producing additional projects, activities, and curricula.
- LEGO WeDo sets are fairly durable & kid-proof. Many students (due to age, disability, poverty, etc) are NOT very good at handling delicate stuff. As educators, we need to be able to trust that most of our students can handle the materials without losing and breaking things. As a middle-school teacher in a high-poverty area, I have found that the LEGO WeDo sets serve this role (although I still train students on proper care). With experience with the WeDo sets, students may grow to be ready for the complexity of pieces/mechanics/programming of the Mindstorms sets, and eventually perhaps ready to handle tiny, delicate electronics such as LEDs and breadboards.
- Scratch + WeDo is an easy next step that more teachers/parents/kids will make as long as it continues to be user-friendly and work reliably. Therein lies the rub...
I also happily found that Scratch+WeDo just worked on first try on my recently-acquired Raspberry Pi (in Raspbian Linux). I only have one at the moment, to try it out.
What's making me sad right now is that Scratch is NOT working with WeDo on the Ubermix (Ubuntu Linux) distro that I just installed on some old Dell laptops (which I have several of). And I'm not finding much documentation/support to help. So, I'm currently on a rampage of searching & posting to forums (which is how I ended up here).
So here is my plea to please continue to promote & support the use of WeDo as at least one of the I/O extension options on Scratch!