Softbank Robotics has developed a new visual programming tool to be interested in high school students to create new applications for the Pepper robot during classes.
As part of a pilot program, 1000 students from 20 public schools of Boston, San Francisco and Vancouver will increase their programming skills using the TETHYS integrated environment — adapted visual interface for basic Python scenarios.
Creating new blocks connecting them on the screen and changing configurations, students can program the actions of a virtual robot, and then apply them on the real Pepper. At the same time, they can also check the underlying blocks of scripts, add changes to them or completely rewrite the code.
Although the idea of using robots to motivate children is not Nova, but Softbank plans to occupy a certain segment on this rapidly developing market with the help of its most famous robot. Since the acquisition of such an educational inventory can afford not every school, to promote the project, the company gives Pepper to educational institutions.
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