Robotics Resources

Here are resources for people looking to teach robotics, especially those who came to my presentation at the SWATCA teacher’s convention on Hands On Robotics.

Here is a PDF version of my slides; note that is lacks all audio and video clips.

Next Actions


Try out Scratch. (Happy Scratch Day in Canada today).

Also take a look at ScratchEd, a site for people teaching children to use Scratch.

If you’d like to try something more advanced, look at Build Your Own Blocks. (You might also like these interactive books on BYOB-based programming languages).

Mailing List

Sign up for the Robotics In Education mailing list.


Come to the 2013 SABRE Games, next Thursday (Feb 28, 2013). (Come to watch; or bring some young roboticists to participate!)

Make Magic

If you have a LEGO Mindstorms NXT set, try out Enchanting.

Check It Out

There are some great books in the Jim and Mary Kearl Library of Cardston that you can sign out easily from your local Chinook Arch library (and ought to be able to get via inter-library loan from any public library in Alberta, or perhaps Canada).

[There are a great many other excellent books on robotics; check out an online bookstore near you.]


Listen to some great podcasts.


Here are some interesting videos.

Keep In Touch

Here are my contact details.

You can also follow me on Twitter — @ClintonWB.

I also run a mailing list called SABRE Announcements. You can sign up on the left.

Additional Resources


  • LUMACS – outreach program at the U of L that does robotics.
  • NXTPrograms has fabulous building instructions for all three NXT kits.
  • Stem Robotics 101 “is both a turn-key curriculum for novice Robotics teachers and a collaboration tool for veteran Robotics teachers.”
  • LEGO Engineering has a number of robotics-related activities, and it run by Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

Competitions and Events

  • With other groups, we’ve run Robofest locally for several years.
  • FIRST Alberta run events like the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Jr. FLL, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition — with an event for every age range.

(There are lots and lots of other events, and it is easy to host your own).


Radical Idea


PD Courses

  • has also offered courses on robotics.

Where To Buy

  • Retail kits can be purchased from many places, such as, Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, and from LEGO directly.
  • Parts are best purchased at BrickLink or eBay.

If you are looking for interesting sensors, check out

Other Interesting Technologies

Just a short list — as there are so many!

  • Arduino – an easily programmable microcontroller
  • Raspberry Pi – a $35 computer designed for kids to explore programming.
  • VEX – a more advanced robotics kit.
  • fischertechnik – an alternative robotics system.
Posted by Clinton Blackmore - Wednesday February 20, 2013.
Posted in .