By the year 2020, 1.5 million programming jobs are projected to exist. However, the United States only has slated 400,000 Computer Science graduates at current graduation rates. Professor Chuck Konkol of the CIS Division of Rock Valley College has been looking for ways to introduce coding and has found it in a one cubic inch robot named Ozobot. Ozobot is a fully function robot with processor, memory, wheels and sensors. The sensors follow colored lines and "color codes" that control the robot. In addition, the Ozobot can be controlled by custom applications created at Ozoblockly.com.
The Rock Valley College Computers and Information Systems (CIS) department will host a "Learn Coding with Robots" workshop on Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC) on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Rd.).
The first “Learn Coding with Robots” workshop was held on December 10, 2016 and was a success. In addition, another successful workshop was held on January 28, 2017.
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"Learn Coding with Robots" teaches attendees how to use colored lines and simple drag and drop coding to control a cubic inch sized robot named Ozobot.
"Learn Coding with Robots" empowers children and adults to create adventures, play games, solve problems, and learn to code anywhere they go.
"This event is for all ages,” says RVC Professor Chuck Konkol, workshop leader and CIS faculty. “I even encourage families to attend. If you or someone you know is interested in coding or robotics then register for this fun, engaging workshop. Oh, and you get to take home a robot to continue the fun!”
All attendees will take home award winning robot, named Ozobot.