An easy introduction to Electronics and Coding for STEM Teachers and Students.
The LinkSprite STEM Learning Kits are an ideal platform for teaching multi-disciplinary STEM to Australian school students. The kit is designed to support STEM teachers teaching STEM courses. It is designed to provide enough course material to enable a teacher to deliver an introductory STEM course to their students who can then quickly learn the basics of mechatronics and software design. Teachers also have the option to gain the necessary proficiency to teach our STEM course using the kit by booking an onsite training session. The kit will go a long way towards fast tracking the STEM and Coding outcomes required to meet the new National Curriculum and help to energise and progress STEM in our schools and universities.
The kits allow students to gain skills that are directly transferable to future employment or to higher education. They are based upon open industry standards and do not lock schools into proprietary platforms and programming languages. They can support all of the major software development environments and languages and come pre-installed with "C", "Python", "Snap!" and "Scratch". We have an extensive range of kits and resources available which can be used to facilitate almost any conceivable project.
What is Scratch?
Scratch is a visual programming system developed by MIT for students interested in programming. The simple yet powerful programming language allows students to program their own interactive stories, games and animations which can be shared with others in an online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
What is Snap!?
Like Scratch, Snap! is another visual blocks based programming language developed at the University of California at Berkeley. It is an extended reimplementation of the Scratch programming environment and features first class procedures, lists, objects, and continuations. These added capabilities make it suitable for a serious introduction to computer science for high school or college students as well as an entry level environment for younger students into programming. It is an ideal platform to introduce coding to older cohorts who have been "stranded" in the middle of the curriculum change. Snap! is entirely browser-based with the Snap! web server installed on to the pcDuino contained in the Scratch Linker Kit. Unlike Scratch, Snap! can be easily extended by allowing users to "Build Your Own Blocks". Snap! also allows students to integrate their projects with a wide range of other robotics and electronics kits.
LinkSprite Snap! Image Processing
- Object Recognition
- Facial Recognition
- Blob Counting
- Optical Flow Sensing (Rate and Direction)
Each LinkSprite STEM Learning Kit includes:
1 x pcDuino3 Single Board Computer
1 x Base Shield for Linker Kit
1 x Acrylic Clear Enclosure
1 x 5 Volt / 2 Amp USB Power Plug
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x HDMI Video Cable
1 x CAT 5E Twisted Pair Network Cable
1 x USB Hub
1 x USB Camera
10 x 20cm Linker Cable
10 x Male-Female Jumper Cables
1 x Joystick Linker Module
1 x Linear Slide Potentiometer Linker Module
1 x Momentary-ON Push Button Linker Module
1 x Ambient Light Sensor Linker Module
1 x Temperature Sensor Linker Module
1 x Touch Sensor Linker Module
1 x Buzzer Linker Module
3 x 10mm LED Linker Modules - Red, Green and Blue.
1 x Servo Motor
2 x Infrared Distance Sensor Linker Module