Programming until it cracks – that's what pupils from middle to high school can do in the NeXT-LEGO-Lab at the Research Groupe of Real-Time Systems of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (etit) at TU Darmstadt. Supported by the Study Area of Information Systems Engineering and the Collaborative Research Centre MAKI, the department offers courses on programming robots in the workshops “Space” and “Mindroid”.
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In our workshops we do not use special programming environments for children, but the real programming language Java (LeJOS) and the Hessen Java Editor, which is widely used in schools. The courses are suitable for programming beginners and advanced programmers, as tasks are offered at different levels of difficulty. .
The workshop is available in two selectable versions: Space and Mindroid.
- Space (for upper grades up to approx. 20 participants): Programming and constructing robots using the EV3 kits from LEGO-Mindstorms. The participants have to solve tasks in “space” and design and programme robots to match the tasks. During the workshop, the participants experience a complete development cycle. Therefore, it is very suitable for the upper school. The workshop lasts at least 6 hours and can be conducted over one or more days.
- Mindroid (variable level): Here the focus is on the cooperation of the Mindroid robots, which are equipped with sensors and can be controlled via Android smartphones. Team spirit is particularly required here. The workshop lasts at least 4 hours and can be held for one or more days.
Private groups of at least 10 people can also take part in the workshop over the weekend under supervision.