Low-cost, open-source educational robotics. Robotics and sensing for everyone, everywhere.
The GoGo board framework is a collection of low-cost open-source hardware devices for educational robotics, scientific experiments, and environmental sensing. Children can use the board to construct robots, measure and log environmental data, conduct scientific investigations, create game controllers, build interactive art installations, and much more. It was designed based on years of extensive field work in developing countries, which concluded that the technological solutions that were available for schools were either not appropriate or too expensive—a single robotics kit would cost the equivalent of a teachers’ monthly salary.
The tenets of our design framework, thus, are:
- The hardware is inexpensive,
- The components are locally available,
- Local assembly is possible, with simple equipment,
- There are multiple modes of acquisition (for a single student or a school system) and, last but not least,
- It is open-source.
The goals of the proposed research are to prepare the GoGo Board platform for its “next step,” and allow for much more widespread adoption in schools worldwide, namely: develop a stable, robust version of the board which could withstand widespread use in schools, generate educational materials to help teachers and students, create a collaborative website, develop easy-to-use educational kits (for science, robotics, and data-logging), and do safety and compliance tests.