Robots for schools
Beebots - simple & effective younger years
|On the floor with the Beebots|
The original beebots is great for younger years, because the controls are on the top of the robot and are great for paired programming. They can be used to teach directions, solve mazes and draw simple patterns (Attach an actual pen or pencil.) There's many lesson resources for these robots and its well worth looking through the lesson packs even if you select a different robot.
They're quite robust, but not indestructible.
This is a much newer robot and has lots of potential, so worth keeping an eye on. Supplies have been tricky to get recently, but hearing rave reviews. You can buy a lesson guide with the robot too.
Direct link: digitaldreamlabs.com/pages/cozmo
Dash & Cue
These have been designed from the ground up to teach robotics and have been used very successfully at our sister school in Malaysia.
Lesson Plan archive: https://www.makewonder.com/blog/tag/lesson-plan/
Lego now have a full education system with STEAM and bricks with sensors, so that is well worth looking into. https://education.lego.com/en-us/learningsystem#the-lego-learning-system The quality is as you'd expect from Lego with prices to match. (Much cheaper in the UK rather than in South East Asia)
Raspberry Pis can make all sorts of robots
These are great, but be warned there are smaller parts and some robots will need a little bit of soldering. However if you are running a workshop and the students get to take away their project. These are fantastic. This is just a small selection of what's available:
Robotic ideas: https://raspberrytips.com/best-raspberry-pi-robots-kits/
Lesson ideas: https://www.raspberrypi.org/teach/
Gopigo Robot: https://gopigo.io/
These have come a long way since the days, when the original Sphero was just so much fun to play as a remote control toy, but boring to program. They've extended their range included a lot of great lesson and plans and worked hard to make real programming interactions. I find these to be genuinely hard-wearing and have done well in all the classrooms I have used them.
There's now a great range of lesson plans:
Lesson activities: https://edu.sphero.com/cwists/category