A child’s guide to programming: 1, 2, 3... codez! (French)

A child’s guide to programming: 1, 2, 3... codez! (French)

A child’s guide to programming: 1, 2, 3... codez! (French)
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1, 2, 3... codez! with Thymio: making programming accessible to children

Can robotics be taught effectively and coherently in schools? One thing is certain, La main à la pâte has taken a huge step forward in this regard with its first computer programming teaching manual aimed at pupils under 11 and their teachers as part of its Class’Code project.

The turnkey sessions detailed in 1, 2, 3... codez! have been tested in classes and are organised according to different themes and age groups. There are also fact sheets and educational and scientific annexes for teachers.

  • Level 1: a first introduction for nursery children, who will learn how a robot works. Particularly popular in the learning process are the Thymio robots, although it’s also possible to organise workshops without any robotics hardware.
  • Level 2: pupils take their first steps in programming with fun activities, including challenges to be tackled by a hero: decipher a message, map out a route, etc.
  • Level 3: children straddling primary and middle school are invited on a guided tour of an unknown planet by performing encoding operations, before discovering the planet in question in Scratch.

A guide designed to meet teachers’ expectations

Schools are increasingly expected to teach information technology, programming and robotics, but not all teachers are fully equipped to do so, often due to lack of equipment or specific training. Completing the programme can be hard work.

1, 2, 3... codez! can be used in parallel with Thymio educational robots, but there are also activities that can be done on a computer, tablet or other robot, depending on the material available in class.

Some sessions are even possible with no equipment at all, to encourage another form of learning through “computer thought”.

Technical specifications of the 1, 2, 3... codez! guide

  • Designed for pupils from nursery through to middle school
  • Authors: Claire Calmet, Mathieu Hirtzig and David Wilgenbus
  • Publisher: La main à la pâte, Editions Le Pommier
  • 358 pages
  • Paperback, colour
  • ISBN: 978-2-7465-1106-4
Data sheet
    Is it possible to program the Thymio educational robot with a tablet ?

    It is possible to program the Thymio educational robot from an iPad, thanks to the Thymio Suite Mobile application (see our Thymio product sheet for more details).

    The Thymio robot battery is defective. Can I replace it?

    Yes, there is a replacement battery for Thymio, that is available on Génération Robots website. Open the 4 screws on the bottom, open the case and carefully remove the battery from the mainboard.

    The battery is fixed with a doubled sided tape on the case. Replace the battery and reassemble the robot in the inverse order.

    The thymio drifts when it is supposed to go straight.

    Check link and if it's not working send back us the robot. Intructions are on this link.

    My Wireless Thymio doesn't seem to be paired with its WiFi dongle.

    You will just need to follow the manufacturer pairing instructions on this link.

    Is it possible to use several thymio wireless robots in a small perimeter?

    Thymio won't charge when plugged to its power supply.

    Try to charge the robot with a different USB cable. The robot might also be deep discharged. If it's the case, you might want to check our article 'How to check if your Thymio is functioning correctly ?'.

    Can I turn my regular Thymio II into a Wireless Thymio? If yes, how can I do that?

    Yes, it is possible. You just need to buy the WiFi module for Thymio and follow these instructions to install it (please note that some soldering is required). Just follow this link.

    How can I update my Thymio firmware? (the firmware is the software inside the robot, it needs to be up-to-date)

    You just need to follow instructions on this link.

    For which age group is Thymio best suited?

    Thymio will be interesting for a very wide age range: 6 to 14-year old!

    Is Thymio compatible with Scratch?

    Yes, you can program Thymio with Scratch from the Thymio Suite software. Thymio Suite offers you the possibility to program Thymio with Scratch, Blockly, VPL, Aseba, on computer (Windows, MacOS, Linux) and iPad.

    Where can I find exercises and activities for my lessons/workshops?

    We have gathered the best educational resources, classified by levels or by robots on our website. They are accessible via this link.

    One motor of my Thymio robot is not working

    Please contact support on this link.

    Is Thymio compatible with Chromebook (ChromeOS)?

    Thymio Suite, the software bundle that was developed for Thymio is not compatibel with ChromeOS.

    The tactile arrows on the robot are not working.

    Please contact support on this link.

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