Streaming Requirements and Equipment

Minimum Requirements, Suggestions and Options

 

Students:

Number of students is only limited by the number of computers and the room size. All students should be able to view and hear the presentation.  A projector screen or computer(laptop or tablet) with presentation audio is required.

 

Number of Robot Kits:

There should be at least one robot kit for each table/group. Group size should be no larger than three students. Optimal students per robot is two. Robot kits can be re-used, but will need to be disassembled at the end of class.

 

Number of Student Laptops (Computers):

There should be at least one computer per Robot Kit (laptop, tower or tablet). During coding exercises, it is beneficial for each student to have a computer, or at least take turns coding. Windows or Mac computers are supported. The student computers need to be able stream 1080p high definition video without lagging.

 

Internet Connection:

Your internet speed at the presentation computer should be at least 5 Mbps, however, 15 Mbps is recommended.

 

Software Required:

All software is open source and free. Each laptop/computer must have the following software installed;

 

  • mBlock Coding IDE Version 3.4.11

  • Scratch Coding (MIT) Version 2

  • Aruino IDE (latest)

  • TinkerCAD

  • Word Processor (LibreOffice)

  • Chrome, or other browser

 

Video Presentation Device:

There are two options for Video Presentation Devices;

Option 1: A high definition (1080p) video projector and video screen (recommended screen and projection size is at least 60 inches). For individual students a second monitor or PC can serve for presentations.

Option 2: A high definition (1080p) monitor/TV (recommended screen and projection size is at least 60 inches). For individual students a second monitor or PC can serve for presentations.

 

Audio (Speaker) Device:

Some Projectors and Monitors are capable of loud and clear audio output, however, we recommend a separate audio output device. A simple solution is a bluetooth speaker. Loud and Clear audio is very important. For individual student computers, a headset or ear-buds are fine.

 

Overhead Document Camera or WebCam:

It is required to have a overhead camera or built-in camera on the computer to be able to record student project work.

 

Thermal Work Mats and Tools:

Basic tools such as micro screwdriver, wire-cutters, wire-strippers, and pliers are required. (Please see our list of recommended tools in our Tools List). Thermal work mats are required and should be at least 12” by 20”. (Please see recommended mats in our Tools List).

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