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The Spark

Igniting the imagination through cooperative learning

Robotics

Are you interested in learning how to build and interface with simple robotics? Want to learn basic-advanced programming concepts. Going into education in a STEM field and want to get a jump start on your career or a leg-up on the competition? Just want to play? We've got the tools for you.

Lego Mindstorms Kits

Lego Mindstorms Kit(s)

Lego Mindstorms Kit

Specifications and Info.

  • Device Type: Robotics Kit
  • Included: 4 sets that each include an EV3 Core and EV3 Expansion set + additional Infrared Beacon.
    • Programmable Brick
    • Sensors: Color, Gyro, Touch, Ultrasonic
    • Infrared Beacon
    • Motors - Various
    • Technic parts, wires, & 100s of bricks/components.
  • More Info: Manufacturer Website.

Science & Programming

  • Connect to our Vernier Probeware for more options
  • We have a single license for the EV3 software available on a workstation in the Spark
  • Additional software, mobile apps, and resources available from the manufacturer.

Circulation Info

  • IN SPACE USE ONLY
  • Kits include multiple small parts.

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Mindstorms Reference Books

The following small reference library is available in space.

 

PITSCO Tetrix

PITSCO Tetrix Robot

PITSCO Tetrix Robot

Specifications and Info.

  • Device Type: Robotics Building Kit.
  • Info: Specifications
    • Suitable for High-school and above
    • Integrate with programmable LEGO kits, or operate robots via RC controls
    • Heavy-duty aluminum construction is stronger that LEGO kit.
  • Note: Sets include:
    • Max "Resource Set",
    • Max "Starter Set"
    • Max "Urban Search & Rescue Challenge Set".

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Circulation / Use Info

  • IN SPACE USE ONLY
  • Kits include multiple small parts.

VEX IQ Robotics

VEX IQ Robotics

picture of robotics kit with multiple parts

Specifications and Info.

  • Device Type: Robotics Building Kit.
  • Info: About | Resources
    • Suitable for high school and above.
    • Basic drive base can be used for many different projects.
    • Includes programming software options.
    • Pieces snap together, no tools required.
    • Accommodates 24 learners.
  • Note: Set includes:
    • 12 "Super Kits" 
    • 2 "Cube Kits"

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Circulation / Use Info

  • IN SPACE USE ONLY
  • Kits include multiple small parts.

Sphero 2.0

Sphero 2.0 Kit (2 copies)

Sphero 2.0

Specifications and Info.

  • Device Type: Programmable Educational Device / Gaming Device / Toy.
  • Info: Educational Resources
    • Native apps & games for iOS, Android, Windows
    • "Waterproof"
    • Program direction, speed, LED color, detect collisions and more.

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Hummingbird Duo: Classroom Kit

Hummingbird Duo: Classroom Kit

Specifications and Info.

  • Info: The Hummingbird Duo classroom kit is designed for the classroom. Parts are housed in a durable plastic organizer tray, and in addition to Hummingbird components the kit also includes a printed teacher guide, four USB flash bands, four Hummingbird pens, and a copy of the book Invent-To-Learn. One classroom kit is sufficient for a small class or group of 8-12 students; a regular classroom will probably require two or three kits.

Circulation Information

  • Catalog Record: Check Availability / Place a Hold
  • Fines Rate: $10 per day late |  Replacement Cost
  • Note: Kit includes: 
    • Four Hummingbird Duo controllers
    • Power supply, USB cable, terminal tool, snap-in stand-offs for each controller
    • Three each of red, orange, yellow, and green single-color LEDs
    • Eight tri-color LEDs
    • Ten hobby servos and six servo extension cables
    • Four gear motors with wheels and plastic block adapters
    • Four vibration motors
    • Four each of light and temperature sensors
    • Two each of distance, sound, and rotary sensors
    • Packaged in reusable plastic tray organizer
    • Program in everything from Scratch to Java!

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The Finch

The Finch: A Robot Designed for Computer Science Education

Specifications and Info.

  • Device Info: The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments.
  • Info: 
    • Accelerometers
    • Motors
    • Buzzer
    • Full-color beak LED
    • Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors
    • Pen mount for drawing capability
    • Plugs into USB port - no batteries required!
       

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