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Wider Walls for Robotics

Mitchel Resnick

MIT Media Lab

Playful Invention Company


High Ceiling

Low Floor


High Ceiling

W i d e W a l l s

Low Floor



One Reality

Integrating the Physical World

and the Virtual World


More than 5 million unique visitors to the website

More than 500,000 downloads of the software

More than 250,000 projects uploaded

More than 1000 new projects every day

Available in more than 40 languages


High Ceiling

W i d e W a l l s

Low Floor


Traditional LEGO Products

High Ceiling

Low Floor

Narrow walls

Wide walls


LEGO Robotics Products

High Ceiling

Under-populated

NXT

RCX

WeDo

Low Floor

Narrow walls

Wide walls


Widening the Walls for Robotics

Integrate robotics throughout the entire LEGO product line

Castles as well as bulldozers

Support and encourage storytelling projects

All children, of all ages, from all backgrounds, love to tell stories

Incorporate lights and sounds

Children want to record sounds, create music, design patterns of lights

One Reality

Integrate the physical world and the virtual world

Include simple models with little or no mechanism

Play value can come from lights, sounds, sensors, and programming

Add “softer” high-tech elements

Include elements that are smaller, simpler, and more colorful


LEGO DNA

Hands-on, Minds-on

Exuberance and fun

Play that unites

Facilitates creativity

Modular

Open ended

Characteristic and recognizable design


LEGO DNA

Hands-on, Minds-on

Exuberance and fun

Play that unites

Facilitates creativity

Modular

Open ended

Characteristic and recognizable design


Diversity

Many types of projects

Many ages

Many learning styles

Many domains


Widening the Walls for Robotics

Integrate robotics throughout the entire LEGO product line

Castles as well as bulldozers

Support and encourage storytelling projects

All children, of all ages, from all backgrounds, love to tell stories

Incorporate lights and sounds

Children want to record sounds, create music, design patterns of lights

Provide a greater variety of sensors

Focus especially on sensors that children can directly interact with

Include very simple models with little or no mechanism

Play value can come from lights, sounds, sensors, and programming

Add “softer” high-tech elements

Include elements that are smaller, simpler, and more colorful


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