07/10/19: Exploring Advanced Educational Technology Over 100 Dollars


Post: All right. Good morning, everyone. I am Taylor Post,
SWFLN’s office manager, and I would like to welcome you
all to today’s webinar, exploring advanced educational
technology over $100, and today’s presenter,
Brian Pichman. Brian Pichman is
the director of strategic innovation
at the Evolve Project. He loves to share his knowledge
and experience about innovative technology
through presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Brian’s passions stem
from growing up in libraries and loves collaborating with
both libraries and companies. He’s dedicated to bringing
libraries into the future using cost-effective measures
and strategies. Much of Evolve’s work
includes helping libraries bridge
the digital divide, break away from
traditional library views, become trendsetters and finding
and building innovative projects geared towards interaction
and collaboration. He’s been working with start-up
companies across the country,
promoting libraries and encouraging people
to work closer with libraries in developing new ideas
and concepts. In the end, Brian wants
to change the way people see libraries. Please welcome Brian Pichman and enjoy his webinar
this morning. Brian?
Pichman: Hi, everybody. Hopefully you can
all hear me okay. So this is part two of the
“Maker Tech” webinar series. The first part we did, we talked
about educational technology under $100. If you missed that, you’ll be
able to find the recordings and the PowerPoint slides, but today, we’re going to talk
about things that are over $100. Very similar
to first presentation, I always like to include this
slide of why have this stuff. So if you missed out
on the first session, I’m going to repeat this, so having all
this maker technology is very crucial
to our library because it provides
a lot of different pillars. The first is we can give a safe
to fail environment. You think about back
when you were in school, and you wanted to try something
new or learn a new skill. Chances
are you probably couldn’t. You couldn’t take a class
on the women in art class. Say, “Hey, I’m going to
take art next semester because I want to learn
about art,” because if you fail at it,
you will get penalized. Your grade will go down,
et cetera, so having these types of tools
in a library will allow individuals to try something
without the risk of it impacting their grade,
if you will. The other one is
it’s a gateway to new ideas. By having this type
of technology or these types of resources, we can help spark interest
into new fields, everything from AI to robotics, engineering to programming
and business development, lots of really great options
for exploring and expanding
individuals’ capabilities, and the third pillar is
we’ve been doing this forever. We’ve been providing
new tools and resources to our communities
for the longest time, and just think of technology
or maker technology as another aspect
of what we can share out and what we can show people
how it works and the benefits it provides,
and the last one is, what happens if we create
the next big start-up by offering tools
like 3-D printing and carving machines
or robots that you can program
and learn AI? What happens if someone takes
that knowledge that they’ve gained and builds
a new piece of tech out of it? They build a new Tesla. They build the next
social network like Facebook, or they build the next
search engine like Google. Lots of good potentials
out there, and if we provide the tools, the ability for people
to take risks in our library, we can really help people
expand what they’re capable of. I always like to challenge
people, too, and say, “Hey, can you use some of your
equipment for solving problems such as the United Nations
sustainability goals?” Can we use any of these
resources and tech to help solve global issues?
And the answer is, “yes.” There’s libraries that are
printing out things in 3-D or learning how to code
to develop an app to help people
feel more secure and safe, so the possibilities are endless
and having these tools help you get to that point. So one of the first pieces
of tech I want to talk about
is littleBits. Its price range ranges from,
like, $60 to $150 for a kit. Most of the kits
are in the 150 range, so that’s why they’re on
the over $100 slides. The idea is you can create
and build circuits. At the core, it’s all about
building tools that allow people to understand how engineering works
or how circuits work, so if I push a button,
and I turn something on, so I’ll show you
in the next slide. So at the bottom here
are all sorts of different bits that you can connect together,
and they connect via magnets, and so you take your blue bit,
which is your power, which is in the top left —
arrow out, the top left — and then you would need
to choose an input, so we’re going to have
a pressure sensor, so you push something,
and it does something. You slide this bar. You can make something
brighter or dimmer. Push a button, there’s sound,
microphones, et cetera, and then you have an output,
which are your green ones. Say by interacting
with a purple bit, the green ones
will then give you an output, whether it’s a light,
a fan, a buzzer, a gear. Then these orange bits
are considered wire bits, so you can do a little bit
of cool, like, programming aspects
and whatnot, so they have a programming kit
such as the top two. They have a little LED screen that you can then program
blocks or symbols or faces in, and you can make it do some
pretty cool interactive pieces, or you can build, like,
a robot or a rover, and you can teach it
how to code, and you can use the sensors. So you can say, “Hey, robot,
when I drive you forward, and if you see an obstacle
in the way, I want you to light up,” and you would put all
these commands into software, and now you can build, like,
an interactive robot so from start to finish, you can be an engineer
and then program a robot, which is pretty fascinating
for most people. If you’re not sure where to get
started, there’s an education page, and that education page
includes, like, curriculum guides, getting started help
and a lot more, and the website is there, so if you have a kit,
and you’re like, “Brian, I don’t even know where
to begin still,” check that out. They have, like, a whole getting
started, how to introduce it. They even have printout cards, so if people aren’t sure
what each bit did, you can print out
a whole list of them, and I highly recommend doing
that and cutting out the cards because it makes sense
for people if they have something
they can read, but the design of littleBits
is you tinker, so you put things together,
and you see what they do. The best way to introduce
littleBits is literally just have
a table out, dump all these bits out,
and tell people to go wild, and then people will start
building and exploring. At any point, feel free
to interrupt with questions as well. The next piece of tech I want to
talk about is called SAM Labs. They’re sort of similar
to littleBits in the sense of there’s little blocks,
and they can talk to each other, but SAM Labs
talks through Bluetooth or technically wirelessly, so you connect these bits either
to a laptop or an iPad, or these blocks
to an iPad or computer, and then you can
program functions. So when you push a button,
what do you want to do? And I have a better picture
of the coding screen here. So you have your two blocks. You’ll connect them to your
computer, so you have a button here
and a light, and you can say,
“Hey, when the button is pushed, I want you to turn
something on,” and there’s all these
individual symbols, so you can have
something sent to Twitter. You can have your computer
take a picture, so there’s lots of really
neat options that you can then expand on to make your Internet
of Things-connected device, so if you had Philips Hue,
which is a smart light bulb, you can even tell
your blocks here to interact
with your smart light bulb, so it’s very, very expansive, and there’s a whole bunch
of activities. They have an app called Cars
where you basically build a car with these blocks,
and again, you just drag and drop
the command lines to each block, and now they’re coded
to talk to each other. There’s, again,
lots of great resources. SAM Labs has a teaching
materials page, and then they also
have it linked to, like,
the education standards, so if you were a school
librarian, for instance, and you needed technology
to match curriculum, they’ll have one-to-one
relationships, so you can do this activity
to solve this type of problem, but they also have the whole
getting started guides as well to help
you get started. For these, dumping them out
on a table might be challenging, so I always show people
this called Curious Cars and how that works,
and then they get comfortable with what each block does and how the system
talks to each other, and then you can then expand
on this portion of it. The next cool piece of tech
is called Cubelets. You’re able to basically create
and build interactive robots, and each block
has a function. Like littleBits, you have power, input, output,
so the power block, which is your grayish blue-
looking one in the middle here, that provides power
to your robot. You need some type of input,
so there’s a light sensor, so if it sees light,
it’ll do something, and if it sees something close
or far away, it’ll do something, and your somethings
are your white blocks, and so that could be everything
from a light to a sound to a motor. You can also code these,
so by default, they only have
one type of function. If I see input, do an output,
but then if you code it, you can have it change
the intensity of said output, so let’s say
I am using a light sensor, and I say, “Hey, when it sees
light, do something.” I can program it to do something
different now. I can say, “When you don’t see
light, do something,” and so all that code, it’s very
similar to Scratch or Blockly, and you drag
and drop your commands, and you make sure
you connect your Cubelets, and as you do your programming
and coding, you can actually watch
the levels of intensity of how much light
something is seeing or how fast a gear is moving,
so if you were into physics, you can take your educational
a bit even farther. Modular Robotics has
a few different resources. Like littleBits,
they have activity cards, and so these are
really quick activities you can do with your blocks, so it’ll say,
“Hey, let’s build a night-light. How do we build a night-light?” And you figure out which blocks
are which, and you build the night-light, which, if you don’t know
what a night-light is, if there’s no light,
a light turns on, and so you have
all the blocks you need. You’ve just got
to code it right. They have a whole —
they call it a resource hub, so there’s an educator
resource hub, so if you’re an instructor
or trying to put out plans or for librarian
trying to run a program, that would be for you. If you’re, like,
an administrator, like, trying to put
a whole maker program together, they have an admin tab,
and so you click admin, and you’ll have a whole bunch
of different subset activities and instructions. The app is a little challenging, so the resource manual is there,
that last link. It’ll walk you through
how it gets started, what each block does, what you
can code and what you can’t, so take a look
at that tutorial first if you’re about
to launch your program. The next really cool piece of
tech is a company called Primo, and they have a product
called Cubetto, and Cubetto is this adorable
little wooden robot that traverses
over a playing mat, and if you see,
the playing mat has, like, a picture of a boat
and a mountain, and you basically are telling
a story with Cubetto, so there’s a book that goes
along with it that says, “Hey, Cubetto wants
to go to the beach today. Help Cubetto get there,” and so you use this board over
here and these little tiles, and the angle is kind of rough,
but the tiles have arrow keys, and they’ll say, you know,
“forward, left or right,” and so by putting these tiles
in an order on the board, the robot will then move. So if you put two forward
arrows, the robot will move forward
one block, two blocks. Hopefully that makes sense, and there’s a whole bunch
of other maps, so there’s a map of space. There’s a map of countries. There’s a map of a park,
I think, if I recall correctly, lots of different activities
you can do, lots of different maps
and lots of different stories, and this is an activity
that people can do as a group, so you can sit down
with a bunch of children and teaching them how to code by learning how series
works or sequences. There’s also an education
page for them as well. It tells you how to get started,
how to introduce Cubetto as well as, like, some curriculum guides
to match to curriculums. ROBO 3D is a 3-D printer,
and I’ve always loved ROBO 3D. I think they have their products
figured out the most, but what’s really
nice about ROBO is they have an education… They bought
an education company, StemKits, I believe the name is. If you go to this link here,
you’ll see their education page as well as different activities
that you can do and print out, so if you want to do
a class on cars, you can print out
all the 3-D car parts you need, and you can build a car model, and then you can drive it
and race it, so… Or, I believe,
you can build a drone. They have instructions
for building a drone kit, so all these different kits
you can then build by following the instructions
and using their 3-D printer. This report is phenomenal. If you run into problems,
they’re usually quick to help, and they basically built
a simplified 3-D printer that’s relatively inexpensive
that you can then implement. Sphero — So I have a couple
of slides about Sphero, and some of these
are my favorite products. The one that I’m most excited
for coming out is called RVR. It’s a little pricey. It’s at $250, but it’s a fully
take it apart, build something different
type of robot, so the robot as a whole has an Arduino board
and a couple sensors, but then you can
add stuff to it, and you can take stuff out, so if you were really
into robotics, this is something that’s for you
because you can basically take the entire robot
apart and play. Whoops, and then you can start
coding it and having it interact,
and so check out Sphero RVR, lots of activities
that they’re building for it. Sphero BOLT is a new ball
from Sphero that has a little, like, LED screen in the center
of it here, so you can… Very similar to, like,
the littleBits one, you can program
this to show shapes, to show emotions,
to show a picture, and you can code
all those blocks to show whatever you want
or display whatever you want, but then you can also program it
to drive around and move, and I’ll show you
that in a second. Then Sphero SPRK is
their other Sphero ball. It’s very similar to the BOLT except there’s no little
LED screen on the top, and here is the app that you use
to program the ball, and so the idea
with the Spheros are — the simplified one
is you build a course, and you tell the ball
to move on its own. So how far should the ball
move forward before turning right
to make it through a maze? And so while you’re coding
the app, you’ll code, you know, move forward
at what speed and at what angle, and then when you turn, you know,
what angle turn should you make? And then again, if you needed
to move forward at what speed and whatnot and for how long, so it takes some trial and error
as well as some math, so if you figure out
your distance that you need, then you can calculate
how far it should move and at what speed. Their education page is here, so everything you need for
any of the Sphero products are located at that site. They’ll walk you through
how to get started. There’s, like, four activities
you can do to get started with Sphero, programming the ball at least,
and have everyone do that, so if you’re running
a class on Sphero, start them off with
the four basic activities. It’s, like, how to connect
the ball, how to make the ball
move straight, and then you can
then do functions, so if the ball sees an obstacle,
what to do, or if it bumps into something,
what should it do? And so you start learning
all these commands and inputs, and you can start building
a pretty cool interactive robot app. Another really fun product
is called Blue-Bot. What Blue-Bot is, if you were
in the first webinar, we had the Bee-Bot. The Blue-Bot is the Bluetooth
version of that robot, so there’s a Bluetooth chip
that can either connect to your, like, a tablet, or it could connect to this
thing called a tile reader, which is this blue bar. Like Cubetto,
you had little tiles, and you stick him onto a board,
and it’ll read it, so you can put a sequence
of events on this board and have the Bee-Bot
move on its own. So the company it’s from
is called Terrapin. So they also have a bunch
of play mats that you can use to help,
you know, tell stories or have conversations to help
the Blue-Bot get from point A to point B,
or you could do… There’s a one map
that has pictures of coins, so you can do math problems. So, hey, I need to collect
$8.23. How do I collect that? By having a Bee go over
these values, essentially, and then you add them up, but what’s really fascinating
is there is an app as well
that you can connect it to, and you can then drag
and drop your commands to have this little robot
move on its own. It also works very similar
like the Bee-Bot, so there’s little directional
arrow pads on the top, so if you wanted the robot
to move forward and then turn twice,
you hit the forward arrow twice, hit the turn button,
hit the forward arrow again, hit go and the robot will move, so it works
just like the Bee-Bot. So for a little extra dough,
essentially, you can get a Bluetooth chip
that can talk to a tile reader that you can connect multiple
tile readers together, so you can put some
pretty long sequences in place to have the robot move
for a long period of time to traverse through a map
or an obstacle course you built, lots of great possibilities. Next thing I want to talk
about is the HoloLens. So the HoloLens is a AR,
VR headset. There’s no computer required,
which is nice. I’m going to talk about a couple
other VR equipments, so HTC VIVE and the Oculus Rift
both require a computer. You have to have a pretty
decent computer to power the graphics
to power the device to power the interactions. HoloLens has everything built into that
little itty-bitty headset, so the computer you need, the power you need,
everything wireless. It’s basically a wire-free
device that you can then wear. If you compare for apples
to apples, the HoloLens is
a little more expensive, but you don’t have wires
or a computer, but the graphics aren’t
as great as the HTC VIVE and the Oculus Rift, but the point is you
would use the HoloLens, and you can do virtual tours. You can — Or you can do
an augmented reality experience. So there’s a game called
“RoboRaid” where you would look at
your walls around your building or your room that you’re in,
and then robots will start appearing from your
physical walls, so they’ll put a digital overlay
where your walls are. So if you’ve ever played
“Pokémon GO” where you’re using that app makes you a Pokémon sitting on
your desk, very similar to this. It’s the same piece
of technology, so you can do
some really fun games. You can do some really
neat experiences. There’s another experience
where you can have a picture of an augmented
or a digital image of a skeleton in front of you, and then you can click on parts
of the skeleton to see muscles, to see blood vessels,
to see organs, and so you can learn to do some
really cool medical teaching, medical training with it, so lots of great possibilities
with the HoloLens and different experiences
you can pull from that. A competitor to the HoloLens
is the Magic Leap. It’s around the same price. There is a cord,
but you clip this portion. This is where your computer and
your power pack is, essentially. You clip this to your belt,
and you wear the headset, so the headset
is a little bit lighter… and then you have a controller, so you can click on things
and move things, interact with things
with this controller, works very similar
to the HoloLens, but the graphics on the Magic
Leap are really crisp and clear. They look borderline real, and so you can start putting
animations and holograms, if you will,
in a physical space or, you know, tour Rome
if you wanted, so that’s the Magic Leap. And then here is the, you know, your VIVEs
and your Oculus Rifts. The great thing about AR
and VR technology, again, is you can then
show people other worlds. You can show people Rome.
You can show people Italy. You can actually tour… Someone digitally remapped Britain before
the bombings they had, and so you can see some of
the old historic buildings, and it’s supercool
because now you can, you know,
traverse through time. There are people that recreate
wars like the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, where you can walk
through a digital or reenacted battlefield
as if you were actually there, so you can get some pretty cool,
immersive experiences without having to travel
or time travel, for that matter. So we’re talking about
3-D printing, where you can print stuff out
in 3-D, so you can prototype. You can build drones. You can build cars, robot arms. The other side of it is carving, and so you can do laser
printing, etching, but one of the cool products
that I got to play with before is product called Carvey from a company
called Inventables. It’s a pretty hefty price, but it’s basically
a CNC machine, and you can drill and carve
into almost anything: wood, metal, plastic and one
of the most popular things to make is fidget spinners, and so they have these little
plastic boards that you can get, and you can, you know, drill out
your fidget spinner you’ve made, then put the little gear… those wheelies
or whatever they’re called, the ball bearings, into it and then, you know,
play and interact, and so with the Carvey,
it’s all enclosed. I wish I — I should have
grabbed a better picture, so there’s this glass covering
that you would then, you know, close and fold down
so wood chippings, plastic, et cetera, all stay self-contained
in a encased shell, and then you basically
pop it open. You use a dry vac. You suck up all the debris,
and you pick up your product. It’s fairly quick, so 3-D
printing, if you think about it, if you wanted to print
something up big, you might spend an hour
or so waiting or even days. The Carvey, it’s a drill bit
that just zips back and forth, and you can carve into your
pieces of plastic and metal. If you’re looking for swag, Carvey is really great
for that, too. You buy one of these,
and you’re like, “We want custom library swag.” Assign it out to your patrons
to make them swag and reuse the materials
or get some, like, cheap materials
from Home Depot or some hardware store. Measure it up, load it into
the program and then go to town, and then you get some
pretty cool custom swag that no one else
will ever have. When we talk about drones, there’s lots of really
great drone options. Probably one of my personal
favorites is the DJI Mavic Pro, but that’s at, like, $1,500. If we’re talking about
education, they just recently came out
with one called the Tello. Battery life, distance and
graphics aren’t the greatest. You only get 13 minutes
of flight time. You can’t go very far. I think you can get maybe
a couple hundred feet. With image transmission,
you get 100 meters and then for high definition,
you only get 720 feet, so you’re not going to
get those 4K images that you might see on YouTube
looking at drone footage. It’ll be a little choppy,
but the idea is with the Tello, you can start programming it, and so on a drone,
if you’re not aware, there is usually
obstacle avoidance sensors. There’s wind sensors
so it knows how much, you know, movement is in the air,
ground sensors so it knows, you know,
if it’s about it hit ground. Should I turn off my motors? And among other things, so what Tello does is it allows
you to program all those sensors that keep your drone
complying safely, so you can definitely
take things apart. You can understand things
better, like how does a drone fly? You know, what’s required? What’s the thought process
that’s running the software? You can break it all down with Tello, and then something
very similar to Blockly, you can drag
and drop your commands and make the drone move
on its own, so if you say, “Hey, I want you to make
a circle around my building. I measured out the building,”
so now you’re, you know, doing math and physics,
and then you tell the drone to fly that distance
for that length of time. Another product,
BirdBrain Technologies, in our under $100 range, they made a robot called
the Finch that was at $100. This is their Hummingbird kit. So what the kit does,
it allows you to build robots. So in this picture, you see all
the different gears and motors, LED lights, sensors,
et cetera, and you plug them
into this Arduino board here, and they’re all color coded, so LED light will go,
and it will say, like, “LEDs at blue,
the green ones are LED lights,” so you would wire up
your colors. You can wire up your motors
and gears here. Then you can have input sensors,
so if it sees a motion, sees sound,
sees changing temperature, you can then tell lights
to turn on or off. Did I grab [Indistinct]? No, so I didn’t grab
a nice screen shot of what the coding window
looks like, but it’s a… You see a digital representation
of this board on a screen,
and then you can say, “Hey, I plugged something
into this port and this port,” and then you basically click
on what do you want it to do, and when do you
want it to do it? And so you can build
some pretty cool creations, so if you just search for, like,
Hummingbird Kit activities, you’ll see a whole bunch
of really fun and exciting things
that people have made, everything from, like, a talking
dinosaur to a dog that, you know, lights up and wags
his tail when you get close, and you’d use
craft materials, so this is something
that if you’re crafty, and you want to get
into circuits and programming, you can merge the two,
and so it’s a great activity where you can have
craft lovers that like cutting out shapes
and drawing and coloring work with people
who are into robotics, and then by having those two
types of people talk together, you share love
for each other’s hobbies, so as an engineer, I’m like, “Oh, wow, that was really fun,
you know, printing out those, you know, dog ears
and putting felt on it to make it feel like a dog ear.
That was really cool,” and then the person
that’s into the crafts goes, “Wow, I really had fun learning
how to program that ear to go up and down when you
walked up close to it.” To get started, they have
a documentation page at this website,
so if you go here, you’ll see they designed
comic strips to teach you
how to use the product, which I thought
was kind of cute, and so you can learn
how to plug things in, how the app works, and they
have different apps for — you have different
ways to program it. They have the Hummingbird app
that lets you program it. They have the… You can program it in Scratch. You can program it in Snap!
as well as a few other tools, and so they run instructions
for all of it, so if you don’t want
to switch program softwares, and you’re like, “Hey, our class
loves using Scratch. We don’t want to use another
piece of software,” it’s fine. They’ll show you how to get
set up with Scratch, so they’re familiar
with the tools that they’ve already learned and don’t have to learn
a new tool. And then Rokenbok Education,
this is a not-for-profit company that has kits that teach you
about building structures, and you can also program
some of these structures to move on their own,
or you can get a controller and, you know,
drive some of these, so you can build
everything from this image like a Ferris wheel
to a remote control car, and then you can say,
“Hey, remote control car, if you see an obstacle
in front of you, I want you to stop moving,” or I want this little carnival
ride to constantly move, and so they have all these
different kits, all these — and they come in
really nice bins and boxes that you can stack up,
move around. Check them out.
They’re Rokenbok. Part of their process
is they train you on how to, you know,
think like an engineer, think like
a construction designer, and you can design really cool
structures and buildings with these little blocks
that clip together. And the last cool
piece of technology, over $2,500,
is Misty Robotics. So what Misty is, Misty is
a robot that you can program, and it’s an AI, so it learns,
and so with Misty, you would teach it what they
call it skills, so you’d say, “Hey, Misty, I know you have
a facial recognition camera,” so there’s a camera on top. You would then teach Misty of
who you consider safe, so you can put all of
your staff members into Misty. So you send the picture
to Misty. Misty learns who you are, and then when you have
somebody walk up to Misty that Misty
has never seen before, you can have Misty change
its facial pattern. So these are LEDs in its eyes,
so you can make it look excited. There’s an LED light here. You can have that turn red, and then there’s a voice chip,
and you can have it say, “Intruder alert,”
and so you teach Misty all these different
skills and tricks so then you can then send it out
into the wild so it interacts. So you can have Misty roaming
the library bumping into people, saying “Intruder alert,”
and sending you pictures of people it finds,
or you can teach Misty how to find items in the
library, and so you can teach Misty the skills it needs
to identity a book stack or where the book stacks are,
and so if someone asks Misty a question that you
programmed it, you can have Misty, you know,
take them where they go, and so it’s a very open
piece of hardware, so this hardware has all sorts
of tech in it, everything from LED lights to motion sensors to object recognition
to bump sensors, et cetera. There’s even a trailer hitch,
so you can have Misty pull things,
so you can have Misty pull a book cart, and when it sees people,
instead of saying “Intruder alert,” it can offer them
a great book from its cart. Misty also has all these, like,
attachment sections, so if you have a 3-D printer,
for instance, you can print out arms. You can print out whatever
you want and attach it to Misty and have it as part of its
moving and interactive piece. Then lastly, there’s a backpack
it wears with an Arduino board that has plugs, essentially, and you can
add functionality to Misty, and you can teach
Misty about what it’s being plugged into
to expand its functionality. Dash and Dot is an adorable pair
of robots that you can program as well. Dash is the one on wheels, and Dot is the one
that’s all on its own, no wheels, no motion,
but they’re friends, and so what’s really fun
about Dash and Dot is some of
the programming activities. You can have them interact
with each other, so as you see
in the picture behind them, there’s a tool
very similar to Scratch, and you drag and drop
your commands in place, and so you can say,
“Hey, Dash, if you see Dot,
I want you to get excited, and I want you to spin around
and light up,” and so you can basically then,
you know, hold Dot in front of Dash
and see that interaction occur, or you can program Dash
to find Dot. So you can say, “Hey, Dash, I want you to go up
and down this area and then turn right
once you reach a wall so you canvass the whole space,
and when you see Dot, I want you to stop
and light up,” so these are interactions that
you can then show people and code and give, you know,
robots that humanistic touch, and they make
some really cute noises. They say, like, “whee”
and “wow!” And so they get excited
with you, which is really great for people that are trying to struggle
through coding, and so it’s that constant
feedback of hey, you’re doing great.
Let’s do some more activities. If that was too challenging,
though, they have something called
Wonder, and so — or Scroll Quest. They changed the name,
and so in this instance, instead of using Blockly, you can do these little shapes
and pictures of actions, and so you can drag
and drop an action of Dash, let’s say, to move forward, and if you drag and drop
another action, you say, “Hey, I want you to change your
LED lights to a different color,” and then you can then
add commands so hey, so if you say,
“Hey, Dash,” you want him to say,
“Hey, Brian,” and you can code all that
by dragging and dropping, you know,
these little pictures here. You would click on the image. It’ll tell you what it does
and how to set it up, but it’ll walk you through
step-by-step and introduce you
to each of these if you follow the Scroll Quest,
and these are air quotes, but I believe the name changed, but it walks
you through the exercises, so you can get
a couple of these. You can sit people down
in a room and say, “Go wild,” and after a while,
they’ll start figuring out how the product works,
stop the Scroll Quest portion and just start doing their own
things, which is perfect because you want
people to explore. You want people to break
things down. You want people to come up
with their own solutions. There’s also a list of resources
as well at this website. They’ll have the curriculum
guides that if you need to tie it
to some sort of curriculum, you can, as well as some getting
started articles of how do I introduce this to a group
of students or patrons? And how do I run a program
at a library? And the last robot I want
to show off is called Cozmo. So Cozmo is, like, a $180
robot that you can play with. So outside of the
education piece, Cozmo has these little blocks,
and you do different challenges with it like memory games,
and then Cozmo will try to repeat
that memory game with you. There are speed games
where you have to tap the block when it changes color, and then Cozmo will try to do
the same thing, too, but Cozmo has an AI personality,
so it gets excited. It will get mad when it loses. It’ll flop blocks over
if you keep beating it. If you’ve ever seen the movie
“WALL-E,” think of all the noises
and sounds and interactions that WALL-E made. Cozmo basically does
the same thing. It’s like… I consider it WALL-E,
so that’s the play piece. Then there’s the education
piece, where you can program Cozmo to have different
facial interactions or facial expressions. There is — And you can
also program it through Blockly as well and by dragging
and dropping commands, you can have Cozmo move around. These are called, like,
its play cubes, so you can do different — you can build a game
with these cubes, and Cozmo can
then play with you, so it’s like a companion robot. It’s supposed to become
your friend, and you learn with Cozmo,
and you play with Cozmo. You sleep with Cozmo. There’s, like,
a little charging bed it can plug into, and it snores. It’s quite cool, so the education resource links
are here and here. So I’m going to leave you
with a couple facts. I know I showed a lot
of different tech, images of same slide
from the first webinar. Things to keep in mind —
You don’t have to buy large kits of stuff. You don’t have to buy all
the littleBits that they have. They have —
littleBits has a pro kit that you would mount onto a wall and have, like, several
hundred pieces of bits. You don’t have to go that route. You can get the $150 kit,
get one, set it on a table and let people play and explore, and if that becomes a hot item,
then get more. In terms of storage,
never store things, and if you have to store stuff,
store in a clear bin so people can see what you have. The idea is you want
to showcase it. You want to show off
what you have, so if it’s in a, you know,
colored bin, no one knows what it’s in it. Even your staff won’t know
what’s in it, so if they see a pile of bins, they’re not going to be able
to see what you have, especially your patrons, so, again, clear bins,
let people see stuff. It’s crucial, and then again, don’t hide these resources
from your community. Don’t have it in a closet. Don’t have them in a lockbox. If you’re short on space,
have staff use it on the floor. Have them playing with Cozmo
at the desk, showing that it’s accessible,
showing what you have because you’re going to
start conversations that way. People are going to come up
to you and say, “Hey, what is that?
I want to learn more.” I always share this story because
I think it’s pretty cool. I was at a conference once, and I was playing
with littleBits, you know, on my own on a table,
making sure all my bits worked because I was about to give
a presentation, and I didn’t want
to look like a fool if something didn’t work right, and so I was testing
all my bits, and this family came up to me. These two little girls ran over and wanted to know what I had
and what I was doing. Obviously they don’t believe
in stranger danger, and so they started
talking to me. “Hey, mister,
what are these things?” And I said, “Well, they’re kits
that teach you about circuits. Would you like to play?” And they’re like,
“Yes, we would,” and so they started playing
with littleBits and making things light up
and making sounds. They were getting along,
and the parents were like, “What is this? Because our
children don’t get along. Like, this is not
in their nature.” They were about 7 and 10,
so I think that’s at ripe age of they want to get at each other’s
throats all the time, but they were getting along. They were experiencing circuits
for the first time. Neither of them ever did
anything like it nor had electrical
engineering experience. Then the younger one
was getting frustrated because she made a circuit
that wouldn’t light up. She put two buttons in a row,
though, so she would push one button and wonder why the light
wouldn’t turn on. Her sister stopped
what she was doing, goes, “Well, that’s because
you have two of these. You need to push your finger
down on both of them,” and she was all excited
when they figured it out, and at this point,
her parents were like, “This is crazy because
not only do they not get along, but they would never
help each other. They would steal each other’s
pieces or something like that,” and so simply by me
having these pieces out, these two girls
had an experience that they probably
would never have had otherwise, and so after the… I was leaving
a couple of days later, and I bumped into the family
again, and they’re like, “You want to know
what our kids’ favorite part of the entire trip was?” Because they were there
on vacation, and I was like, “I have no clue.
I’m not good at pop quizzes.” They’re like, “They keep talking
about the circuit guy, and they want to play
with your circuits again. You know, where can
we buy this kit? Because they really liked it, and they’re talking
about electricity now and circuits and currents,”
so they were floored by it. So again, having it out,
and all I was doing was playing. I was a complete stranger. It wasn’t like a safe space
like a library. It was a hotel lobby, and so
just do it and see what happens. So here is all my questions. I know there is a question
in the chat. Yes, I believe there’s a list
of resources will be sent out as well
as the recording links. Are there other questions? We can dive into any of
the products more. I can throw up some websites,
and we can walk through stuff. So Erica asks, “Can we get
a link to the first ‘Maker’ presentation? I didn’t
get a chance to see it.” I believe so. I’m sure that we can get it
sent out and sent over to you, and then somebody else asked, “If you only can get two of
the items you discussed, which two do you recommend?” That’s a good question. If budget wasn’t an issue, I would encourage people to get
the HoloLens or Magic Leap just because
it’s a very wild product, and you get people
talking about stuff, and also the return
on investment is really, really good, so if you have something
like that techy and that kind of
out-there futuristic, you’ll get people to come into
the library to check it out, and you can do one-day checkout. You can do in
the library checkouts where you can let someone
check it out for an hour, but then the usages you can
get out of it is extraordinary because they’re going
to tell all their friends, and then their friends are going
to come to the library and start building all these
cool conversations, and so do that. Otherwise, if budget
was a concern, the littleBits is really simple
and fun to get started with. People seem to get
a kick out of it. It’s definitely expansible,
meaning, like, you can do something
simple like, “Hey, I want to
just make circuits,” but then you can also
then program a car, so I would say littleBits. It’s a little bit cheaper
than SAM Labs, and the second product
would probably be… I always like Cubelets. They’re durable, and I’ve
traveled with them hundreds of times. They get kicked and tossed
and dropped, and they still work to this day,
and so they’re durable. They can definitely
take a beating, and I like that about it. If you’re… and so I guess… And then robotics, Dash and Dot would probably be
another great option, so if you were into
more into coding, so the more coding-driven, Dash and Dot
would be your choice because they interact with you. They’ll tell you if you’re
doing something good or doing something bad,
and they do it in a playful way. You’re very welcome. Are there any other questions? And if you have questions if
you’re watching the recording, or you want me to give you,
like, a deeper dive or a demo on something,
feel free to reach out. This is what I love doing because I like
to play with toys, so tell me what you want
to learn more about. I can dive in, whether it’s
at the end of the — If you’re watching it today
or watching a recording, feel free to just reach out
if you have questions. Post: All right. If there are no more questions,
thank you, Brian, for such an informative webinar
this morning. Attendees, if you enjoyed
this webinar, we ask that you join us
on July 30th for Brian Pichman’s
next training: building online courses
for staff and patrons. As always, we encourage you
to keep an eye on the SWFLN e-calendar, the SWFLN Facebook page,
or a message from the LISTSERV. Thank you, everyone,
for attending, and have a great rest
of your day. Pichman: Have a great day,
everyone.

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