Harnessing Open-Source to Democratize Educational-Technology Across Age and SocioEconomic Barriers
 
 
 

Announcements as of 2016-12-16


Saturday Courses
Enrollment
* 12 Sessions from Jan 7 to Mar 25, 2017
* Location: Heart Academy (Calvary Chapel), 1175 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose
* Classes are limited to 12 students max
* Seats reservable on a "First-come First-serve" basis through a non-refundable $50 Admin Fee
* Orientation meeting is required for enrollment

Payments
* $50 non-refundable Admin Fee to enroll and reserve a space due to limited seating
* Full-payment due by 3 weeks prior to first day of class
* $50 late-fee if Full-Payment received with less than 3 weeks prior to first day of class (due to required rush shipment of materials and parts)

* Please use our Website's Secure Online-Store -or- write checks to "Encourage and Empower"
* Please allow for - at least - 3 weeks for the robotics kit to arrive after Admin Fee payment.

Sat 9:30am - 10:45am: Grades 8 - 12 ~ Level 2 & 3
Sat 11:00am - 12:15pm: Grades 4 - 8 ~ Level 1

Announcements as of 2016-12-14

Hi Everyone,

A friendly reminder that 1) full-payment and 2) orientation with Coach Jay are both due by end of 12/17 Saturday -or- a $50 late-fee will be charged.  Such deadline is needed to insure a timely order and delivery of robotic parts by the first day of class.

If you have any comments/questions, kindly contact: angelaC@EandE.world or jasonC@EandE.world.

Hope to keep in touch... :) Angela and Jason


 

Announcements as of 2016-12-05

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for those who showed interest in our Robotics class, starting on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Heart Academy.  We enjoyed meeting with those who came to one of our 4 sessions of the Free Lesson and Orientation.  

We know some of you could not make it to these past two weekends due to schedule conflicts.  We would like to accommodate by doing webinars this coming 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, Dec. 8th, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM 


Kindly join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android (a free download may be required): 
  • https://zoom.us/j/247224850
Or Telephone: 
  • Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll); 
  • Meeting ID: 247 224 850


Please RSVP at www.EandE.world by clicking on "RSVP: Free Lesson & Orientation" button on top left.  We look forward in meeting with you.  
Please contact us if you might need more time to reply.  Orientation will be required for enrollment.  Feel free to browse our website -- again @ www.EandE.world -- for more info.  If you have any comments/questions, kindly contact: angelaC@EandE.world or jasonC@EandE.world.


Hope to keep in touch... :) Angela and Jason


A 4' Welcome Message from Coach Jay :)

After our 2014 Debut at Tech Museum of Innovation -&- 
2 Years of Beta-Testing in Live Classrooms,
We are Ready to Offically Launch...

T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics 

w/Arduino & Raspberry Pi


Integrating "
T.echnology, A.rtsC.rafts... H.
olistically"


A First-Ever D.I.Y.-Alternative to Lego® Mindstorms® Robotics


S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts & Math) Curriculum

We've developed a D.I.Y.-based Educational Robotics Systems using Open-Source Technologies, such as the globally-recognized Arduino and Raspberry Pi.  To make such T.echnology more afforadable and accessible to kids of all ages, we've integrated A.rts & C.rafts H.olistically to help kids build their own personal bot.  Thus we present to you T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics.  


Regarding what mobile phones have done to landline-based telephones, we believe the cost-efficiency of world-wide Open-Source Technology will revolutionize Educational Robotics in the same way.  Our vision prepares for a revolution where each kid - whether young or old - will be able to have their own bot for further ownership in both learning, social play and co-op competitions in local neighborhoods and beyond.  

 
 

I. Our T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics Advantage... 70% more Educational Scope vs. Other Robotic Kits.

Most robotic kits focus on building a Robot and then provide a pre-built, pre-programmed Remote Control (RC) Controller.  


Yet at T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics, we've pioneered one of the most 'open' robotics eco-system.  We empower our students to build and to program both1) their own Robot and 2) their corresponding RC Controller.  In fact, we developed a scalable system that offers three levels of RC Controllers for specialized applications, as shown below:

A. Our Hardware Advantage... Remote Control (RC) System x 3

 Model R1 Base Model
Co-op Competition Prep
Model R2 Upgrade
Co-op Competition Ready
[New for 2016]
Model R3 Upgrade
College & Career Head Start
[New for 2016]
  
Low-Cost 38KHz RC Network
  +  
   
Software Programmable Keypad Controller
[Industry 1st]

     
Mid-Cost 2.4GHz RC Network
  +  
  
Software Programmable Joystick Controller
[Industry 1st]

  
Same RC Network as Model R2
  +  
  
Software Programmable Touch-Screen Controller
[Industry 1st]

Models R2 & R3 Integration/Scalability Demo

B. Our Software Advantage... 70%+ More Industry-Scope Educationally

By allowing our students to customize their own RC Controllers via Software, the scope of their educational experience increases by over 70%, when compared to a recent world-wide industry-poll regarding the most popular Software Development Skills/Occupations [http://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2016].  Allow us to explain...


Programming the above three levels of Controllers - a.k.a. User Interfaces (UI) - requires us to leave the traditional Lo-Level programming of Embedded/Robotics programming.  Solid UI development necessitates us to cross-over to Higher-Level Software Methodologies, such as Web-Based Server/Cloud Full-Stack coding.  And as an example, one of our Flagship Robots - the Model R3 - features both a Mobile and Desktop Graphical UI that's powered by a Python-Based Raspberry-Pi Server/Cloud via Linux-OS.  This same Web-Based Server/Cloud technology also serves as a foundation for the growth of Internet-of-Things (IoT).


And by addressing a 70% broader Job Market (as shown in the pie-chart data below), T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics offers a more comprehensive preparation for a Career in both Hardware and Software Engineering.

 
 

II. Integrating open-source, global T.echnology with a 

family-friendly A.rtsC.rafts methodology... 

H.olistically,

We present four core features of 

T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics.

    A. Start Simply...

     
    Kid-Friendly “Cut & Paste” on our Full-Color Plastic-Corrugated Chassis-Board
     
    Full-Color Hi-Def Visual Diagrams for Hardware Wiring
     
    “Lego®-Inspired” Snap On/Off Components using 3M Velcro®-Style Fasteners.
     
    Ardublockly “Drag-n-Drop” Block-based Coding using Google's Blockly Engine

    B. Scale Seriously

    Programming: Real-Time Auto-Coding to Industry-Standard C/C++ for All Models

    Our Award-Winning ArduBlockly Programming Environment provides 'Auto-Coding' where, in real-time, ArduBlockly translates the Block-based Coding (from the screen's left-side) to Text-based C/C++ Coding (to the screen's right-side).  Kindly watch video below.

    DC Motors Upgrades for Models R1 & R2.x

     
    "T.A.C.H.nology® A.F.S." (Anti-Flex Stabilizer) Securely Aligns the Axle/Wheel Assembly for a Wide Range of Motor Upgrades (see right photo)
     
    Motors (l to r) ~ Model R1: Servo @ 60 rpm; Model R2.1-2.2: DC Brush @ 85-125 rpm; Model R2.3: DC Micro-Brush @ 400 rpm

    Software-Programmable RC (Remote Control) Upgrades for Models R1, R2 & R3

     
    Model R1: 3’ (1m) Range ~ Infrared-LED 38KHz RC Network ~ 17-Button Keypad Controller
    Model R2: 100’-300’ (30m-90m) Range ~ 2.4GHz RC Network ~ Competition-Ready Hi-Def Joystick Controller (includes 2nd Arduino)
    Model R3: 100’-300’ (30m-90m) Range ~ 2.4GHz RC Network ~ LCD 7-in Touch-Screen Controller (includes Python-Based Raspberry-Pi Server/Cloud via Linux-OS)
     

    Model R2 RC Range Demo

    C. Start, Scale & Save Significantlyover other Robotic Kits

    T.A.C.H.nology® R-Series: 

    Models R1, R2 & R3

    Makeblock’s mBotLego® Mindstorms EV3T ETRIX Prime w/ Arduino Hardware Kit

    Start Simply...



     Intuitive
    Drag-n-Drop 
    Block-Based Coding

        
    Yes: ArduBlockly
    [Models R1, R2 & R3]

      
    Yes: mBlock


       
    Yes: LabView
    (But difficult to code longer programs)
       
    Yes: ArduBlock
    (vs. our ArduBlockly)
     

    Scale

    Seriously...



     Industry-Relevant

    Real-Time 
    Visual Auto-Coding 
    to Text-Based 
    Coding

        
    Yes: ArduBlockly
    [Models R1, R2 & R3]
    (Market Value:
    $120/year Blocks.CodeBender.cc)







      
     Partial: 
    Not Real-Time and
    No Code Highlighting





       
    No





       
    No

    Competition-Ready

    DC Motors Upgrades
        
    Three Motors Ranging from 60 rpm to 400 rpm
    [Models R2.1 to R2.3]

    No



    No



    No


     Competition-Prep

    Short-Range
    Programmable Remote Control
    Keypad UI

    Yes [Model R1] 








       
    No









     No








     
    No

    Competition-Ready

    Long-Range 
    Remote Control Network
        
    100'-300' (30m-90m) Range
    [Models R2 & R3]
      
    Not Specified.
    Appears 33' (10m)
    Range
      
    Not Specified. 

    Appears 33' (10m)
    Range
     
      
    260' ( 80m) Range


    Competition-Ready

    Hi-Def
    Programmable
    Remote Control
    Joystick UI
      
    Yes [Model R2]
    (Market Value: 
    $64.95 TETRIX® PRIME Wireless Joystick, $64.96 Vex IQ Controller Kit)










      
    No









    \

      
    No









       
    Yes

    College & Career 
    Head Start

    Learn
    Hardware 
    Engineering:
    Electrical Basics

    (such as 
    Digital/Analog 
    Input/Output [I/O] and
     Signal, Power & Ground Wiring)

     

       
    Yes
    [Models R1, R2 & R3]










    No
     
      








    No








    Yes

    College & Career
    Head Start

    Learn
    Software Engineering:
     Beyond the Robotics/Embedded 
    Sector

    (such as Web-Based IoT/Cloud Development for Mobile/Desktop UI Apps)
     Yes 
    [Model R3: RC Touch-Screen UI]
    (Market Value:
    $114/yr EvoThings.com indie/free)




     No







     No






     
    No



    Save
    Substantially...

    Prices
    (not including tax, 
    prices subject to change)
    R1 = $127.50
    R2 R1 + $120.00
     
    R3 R2 + $235.00
    $95.00

     $349.00

     $489.00
    (Prime Kit $329 +
      Arduino Kit $160)

    D. Socialize Smartly... @ our M.E.C.C.™ Events

    By integrating both 1) the latest in open-source T.echnology and 2) our family-friendly A.rts & C.raft methodology -- all in a H.olistic way, our T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics System proves to be more than just a kit.  With every student - young and old - having access to their own T.A.C.H.nology® Robot, each individual can now design, build and customize their own bot for a Massively Engaged Co-op Competition -- M.E.C.C.™ -- involving five, ten or more T.A.C.H.nology® Robots.  Imagine team-based contests such as a) Capture the Flag, b) Soccer/Rugby, c) Freeze Tag, d) Squad Sumo-Wrestling, and e) Bouncy Balloons w/ Daggers of Doom, just to name a few.  A  M.E.C.C.™ registration-cost will modestly be the total price of a premiere movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink.  That's why T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics is more than just a kit... it's a massively cooperative, community experience.



    III. T.A.C.H.nology® RoboticsModels R1, R2 & R3 

    Major Components Matrix

    Model
    ChassisMotorRemote Control (RC)
    Network
    Remote Control (RC) 
    User Interface (UI) 
    Controller

    R1 Base-Model

     Competition-Prep


    R1-0060-K: 

    Keypad UI



     R1 Chassis (Base-Model)  



      Servo @ 60 rpm



     3’ (1m) Range ~
    Infrared-LED 38KHz  RC Network
     



    17-Button Keypad UI


    R2.x Upgrade
    Competition-Ready

    Upgrade Kits

    R2-0085-J:
    Motor 85 rpm & Joystick UI
    [R2.1]

    R2-0125-J:
    Motor 125 rpm & Joystick UI
    [R2.2]

    R2-0400-J:
    Motor 400 rpm & Joystick UI
    [R2.3]


    Upgrade Solo Parts

    R2-0000-J:
    Joystick UI

    R2-0125-X:
    Motor 125 rpm

    R2-0400-X:
    Motor 400 rpm

    Upgrade the above R1 Model with the following components to the right:


    DC Brush @ 85 rpm [R2.1]

      or  

    DC Brush @ 125 rpm [R2.2]

      or  
      DC Micro-Brush @ 400 rpm [R2.3]



    100’-300’ (30m-90m) Range ~ 2.4GHz RC Network 

      +  
     Includes 2nd Arduino

     Hi-Def Joystick UI 


    R3 Upgrade
    College & Career
    Head Start


    Upgrade Kit

    R3-0000-T:

    Touch-Screen UI

    Upgrade the above R2 Model with the following components to the right:        Same RC Network as Model R2
      +  
       Includes Raspberry Pi w/ Linux-OS


     Front-End Stack: LCD 7-in Touch-Screen UI as HTML-Based Client
      +  
     Back-End Stack: Python-Based Raspberry-Pi Server/Cloud via Linux-OS
      +   
         Physical Wireless Keyboard


    IV. Accolades

    • Our Students+ @Maker Faire
    • @ Tech Museum of Innovation, SJ
    • w/ Global Leaders
    • "Code For The Kingdom" Hackathon
    Our Students+ @Maker Faire
     
     

    My amazing T.A.C.H.nology® Robotics students (and amazing parents as well) who have showcased their own T.A.C.H.nology® Bots since 2015 at the Premier Showroom of Maker Faire, where over 100K attendees visit the campus on a given weekend in May.

    @ Tech Museum of Innovation, SJ
    w/ Global Leaders
    "Code For The Kingdom" Hackathon

    V. Support Opportunities Available

    A. Crowdfunding Pre-Launch Signups

    @ Indiegogo.com 

    Free Indiegogo Pre-Launch Signup


    B. R&D Support Fund

    Also, we still face the reality of our expenses… 

    such as covering facility usage, curriculum materials, technology equipment as well as - funding academic scholarships & internships.  

    Thus, we are exceedingly grateful if you wish to go to this link regarding any kind contributions to help offset our costs, 

    so that we can continue to  encourage and empower  our students in crazily, amazing ways. :)