I seen the Hummingbird Labs demo, its a very very new approach to
robotics & “electronic textiles” –
http://www.hummingbirdkit.com/?q=content/example-robots … its very
cool because it can be programmed with Snap (an iteration of the
Scratch visual programming environment) … its more expensive ($199
for one kit but has 3 motors, 5 sensors, & 5 LEDs ! ! !) than the Lego
WeDo ($120 but only has one motor & 2 sensors) kit but has been
deployed in several pilot studies to get and keep girls interested in
robotics, electronics, & programming because it has a “crafty”
approach to projects that girls (in studies) tend find more
It reminds me a lot of the Arduino, except a more polished version …
I am tempted to suggest this could absolutely swap out any Mindstorm
or WeDo exercises we might imagine because of its relative “Low floor
& High Ceiling” to using it and creating projects with it.
If you woud be interested in any student projects that a tool like
this may offer I would love to explore the idea with you.