Blocklyprop is still in
development and growing all
the time. Parallax is adding blocks to it for using many
different sensors all the time.
What I Did
I made every project that is part of the Blocklyprop
Starter Kit plus some of my own. I couldn’t stop myself. I
was having too much fun with the kit. It was easy to see
how much kids will like this new way to program.
All the projects and lessons are on the Parallax Learn
website at learn.parallax.com. There are also many other
projects there to inspire you.
One project uses a tilt sensor on the board to feed
back its position information to the screen of the OLED. The
OLED is also used to read the distance information sent to
it by a PING))) ultrasound sensor. Using some LEDS and a
speaker, there is a project to make a parking assist unit
which detects how close you are getting to an object. The
different color LEDs and speaker tones let you know how
close or how far you are from the object.
Another project shows you how
to use the multiprocessor features of
the Propeller chip by blinking three
different LEDs at different rates at
the same time. (Try that on an Arduino!)
Of course, to keep the tradition going, there is the
Hello World program for both the OLED and an LCD.
The Scribbler 3 robot has a very extensive library of
blocks in Blocklyprop. The Scribbler robots have been
around for a long time now and just keep getting better.
Parallax recently held a set of webinars on using the S3s in
educational settings and will probably hold more in the
future. Educators can contact Parallax at any time, and
many resources are available on the Learn web site in the
After getting my feet wet with the Blocklyprop Starter
Kit, I decided to see what more I could do with the
Propeller board and Blocklyprop.
I dusted off several of my walking robots and took the
Arduinos off them to install Propeller boards. One of the
best things I found by doing this is I could program the
walking gait visually which made it a lot easier to do. It was
also much easier to adjust the movements as needed.
There are videos of all the projects I did using
Blocklyprop on my You Tube channel. Parallax has videos of
the Starter Kit projects on their Learn website.
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Blocklyprop web page.
Walking ant robot using PABWX. Two-legged walker using PABWX.
Parking assist unit.
If–Else Blocklyprop function