Hello! I am a computer science teacher whose passion is increasing the number of girls in CS! I am super excited to be using Jewelbots with my students in my computer science classes. Thank you for making such a great wearable!
I learned about the Jewelbots from Jennifer and Muriel of KCWIT Coding and Cupcakes, and I am now a volunteer at their Coding and Cupcakes KCWIT events, as of one event ago
When Muriel asked me to volunteer, I bought a pack of Jewelbots for my high school girls in my CS Principles classes. I am thrilled to report that my HS girls are super excited about them and are all in!
The first week, which was this past week, the girls have been working on installing the Arduino IDE on our systems. My school district is 1-1 with Chromebooks, so we would love to be be able to use the Arduino Web Editor if possible in the future, provided the plug in can be dowloaded on the Chromebooks. We would have to try it to check maybe. The girls searched for the Jewelbots board in the Arduino Web Editor, and were not able to find it yet, so we are curious if that might be an option that is being developed.
Our student desktop PCs have Windows 7 OS, and fortunately the school district is updating to Windows 10 within the next few months, at which time I requesting they will allow the installation of the Arduino IDE for Windows 8 and 10 on the school desktop PCs.
In the meantime, the girls were hoping to use an Arduino IDE on the Raspberry Pis to code the Jewelbots. The girls soon realized that that Raspberry Pis required the Arduino IDE for Linux ARM, which, when adjusting the preferences, didn’t appear to have the option of adding the additional boards manager, stopping them from performing step 6-10 on the code set-up directions.
This weekend, I explored the option of having the Arduino IDE for 64 bit Ubuntu Linux on a bootable USB drive. The biggest issue that it that the OS running verrrrry slowly from the 3.0 USB drive, so unfortunately I don’t think that will be a functional option for the students. I did try the option of a live image, which fixes the speed problem, but upon the necessary restart (after adding the user to the dialout group), the changes don’t persist.
So, I’m back to wondering if there there might be a way to use the Web Editor IDE for Jewelbots with the students’ Chromebooks. I am open to trying other suggestions as well.