Open Roberta® Lab is an online IDE introducing kids to program robots with NEPO®

Introduction

The Roberta Initiative “Learning with Robots” was started more than 15 years ago by Fraunhofer IAIS in Germany with the objective to get kids interested in technology and science by constructing and programming robotic kits. The project provides a gender sensitive course concept and materials for teachers to run coding classes. The idea behind the Open Roberta Lab is to provide a simple and easy to use programming environment for everybody.

The Lab

The Open Roberta® Lab is an open source programming environment, developed to introduce kids to program robots and microcontrollers. The software is a web application running in the browser. Users program robots using a Blockly-based graphical programming language called NEPO®. A simulation is available for those who don't have a real robot at hand. Since 2014 https://lab.open-roberta.org/ is online and has had more than 225 000 visits in 2018 across more than 100 countries.

The backend is written in Java. It provides user management and robot support in the shape of an evolving plugin system. Each robot subsystem handles code generation and communication with the robot. As of now the project comes with 10 different robot plugins:

  • EV3 LEGO Mindstorms
  • NXT LEGO Mindstorms
  • BBC micro:bit
  • Calliope mini
  • Bot’n Roll, Arduino-based
  • NAO, a humanoide robot
  • Bob3
  • Nepo4Arduino
  • mBot
  • SenseBox

Outlook

While the software is stable and widely used, we're looking for new ideas, but also help on existing ideas to develop the project further.

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Technologies

  • java
  • javascript

Topics

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Open Roberta 2019 Projects

  • Simone Degiacomi
    EV3 as a storage device
    EV3 as a storage device Introduction OpenRoberta is a learning platform that uses a graphical programming language to program different robots. One...
  • Wilfredo Graterol
    Expression block... and more
    OpenRoberta is a learning platform. It uses a graphical programming language (based on blockly) and has code generators/loader for many robots and...
  • Varun Shankar S
    Support for custom assets (EV3, NXT)
    The OpenRoberta is a learning platform. It uses a graphical programming language (based on blockly) and has code generators/loader for many robots...
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