Computer programming is about giving a computer instructions to perform a task. The instructions are known as code (or source code). The tasks performed can be in 3 categories:
Altino the Robot Car provides education in software development. Already software development is a rare and highly sought after skill (see video in Blogs page). Indeed, even in the future – it will be fundamental to many types of careers due to the rise of the digital age.
By learning to program Altino’s many functions students learn computer programming commands.
By learning to program Altino’s many sensors, students learn the basic principles of computer programming – for example, loops, operators and conditional statements.
All this in a real world scenario where students get instant feedback about the effectiveness of their programming. This is an important premise of STEM learning.
Altino is a small car – designed for ease of use in an educational setting. In a corporate environment, the same coding could easily be applied to real-life problems. Autonomous cars, appliances, reacting to changes in the environment, automation in factories, large robots, CCTV - just some examples. Because Altino is a “tangible” robot (not just a computer or animated sprite) – by programming a robot, the student sees how their programming can have a “tangible” effect on the environment around them.
The Code with Altino program therefore transforms your students or your employees from “users of technology” to “creators of technology”.
Altino was invented by Saeon Co. in South Korea. South Korea is a global leader in robotics – and all students are taught to code from an early age.
While it is most likely Australia’s most advanced AI educational robot, it is easy for teachers to teach – even those not “tech-savvy”. This is because the educational programme is activity-based. The teachers’ role is to facilitate these activities, not learn to code themselves.
This video shows most of the functions listed below, plus IR and light sensors in action.