There are three key differences between Whyte Labs’ robotics platform and those used by other robotics schools.
Most schools typically teach robotics using simple wheeled robots (e.g. Microbit, LEGO), that can be rather limited in terms of functionality and creative exploration. Moreover, they are often the ‘plug and play’ type, and the skills that students learn do not often translate to other projects they might want to take on. Instead, we are teaching young children how to build far more complex and versatile systems, building their own walking, balancing, spider-like robots, completely from scratch.
Through this ‘DIY’ approach, students learn how to build, wire and program their own Arduino-based robots, from the ground-up, the same way a real engineer would. This not only gives them a strong foundation in robotics, but also equips them to be able to prototype a variety of other automation ideas that they might have.
Lastly, such walking robots also give them a chance to apply and appreciate the (otherwise dry) physics, math and biology that they learn at school, by engaging them to think about the kinematics of walking and balance. It’s something we find intuitive and simple to do as humans but that they realise and appreciate is complex and challenging to programme on a robot.