MI-GO kit is a 100% tangible platform perfected for young minds, but also for parents and educators. It is extremely versatile and simple to use (only one button!). By having the programming blocks as completely independent of the robots allows them to be shared between different groups as needed, thus leveraging resources and stimulating interaction and group dynamics (and inclusion!). The unique LED feedback system, the magnet-facilitated blocks connection and the drawing and colour sensing capabilities, also enables a multi-level immersive and playful experience with their peers and the challenges presented, enhancing the social and learning experience. With NO screens!
It communicates with the main controller and executes precisely the instructions in sequential order. If you fix a marker on its axis it will make any drawing you can imagine with simple algorithms. It also has a colour sensor that can be activated and use as IF functions (ex: when RED stop). The Bot can be customized with robot faces (find some ready to print here, and it charges via micro USB cable and has an autonomy of several hours.
It is responsible to read the blocks, check if everything is all right (Main LEDs) , and start the Bot’s execution (GO) and follow its steps by simultaneously turning on the LED of the corresponding Block (Feedback system).
You can pair any Main with any Bot at your choice! To make things simple it only has one button, but the complexity of its messages depend only on us…. make sure to double check before you press, when it GOes there is no turning back… unless you tell him to 😊.
The Main also charges with micro USB and has an autonomy of several days.
They are always connected to the left of a function or angle block, giving a value to them. Any combination of 3 digit number in a single function/angle is possible. The number blocks are differentiated by their symbols, colour (orange) and position of the female and male connectors.
Has to be connected to a Turn (right/left) function on its left and a number on its right or else the Bot will not execute and the Main will give an error feedback. Besides the angle symbol this block is differentiated by its yellow colour.
MI-GO is going places and needs to keep moving (forward), one step at a time…
This block will instruct the Bot to move forward one step but if there is a number(s) connected on the right side it will instead instruct that exact number of steps forward. The Forward step is 10 cm.
Moving forward one smaller step at a time, Sometimes precision is everything!
This block will instruct the Bot to move forward but with a step of 1 cm, a tenth of the Forward Block. This will allow not only more precision for certain distances but also playing with decimals and make possible to draw any geometrical figure without the constraint of whole numbers.
Rotate going back in time
Rotate left will instruct the Bot to graciously rotate anti-clockwise in its axis 90º (by default). If a number is connected to its right it will rotate 90º that number of times, if instead it is an angle block following by number blocks it will instruct the Bot to rotate exactly those exact (numbers) degrees
Rotate and follow the future
Rotate right will instruct the Bot to rotate clockwise in its axis 90º (by default). If a number is connected to its right it will rotate 90º that number of times, if instead it is an angle block following by number blocks it will instruct the Bot to rotate exactly those exact (numbers) degrees.
Repetition Repetition Repetition
This block will instruct the Bot to repeat as many times the code between Start Loop and End Loop as the number connected to it : If it is 1 then It will simple do the code one time (no repetition) if it is 2 then it will do the code 2 times and so on… if there is no number it will also do the code one time.
It Ends Here!
This block will mark the end of the code to be repeated. When all the cycles (loops) are done, the code execution will move to the next block connected to it and continue its sequence normally.
This is our standard Mat, where every activity designed can be reproduced. It is a 6x6 grid with each square also divided in ten (for the decimal step). The material is foldable and reusable, anything can be drawn and immediately cleaned. It is also translucid allowing prints aor cards to be placed underneath to customize it for different activities
We can send you pdf files so you can print your own Mat. For example, this cute planet illustration divided in a 5x5 grid with and without animals.
Do you have great ideas and new challenges for MI-GO? We can help you to customize your perfect Mat and adapt to your reality. Check our 12x6 grid map of Portugal for example, that we use for geographical and historical challenges for MI-GO by crossing rivers and mountains and looking for monuments and historical site
Every kit will have the desired number of Bots and Mains and a number of Blocks associated with it. To take better advantage of group dynamics we recommend at least one Robot/Main per every 3 kids. After several pedagogical tests we also recommend an average of 15 to 18 Blocks per Robot/Main. Because of different frequency of use and simultaneous need the kits will have relatively more functions than numbers. This also leads to a multiplier effect for the Blocks in general, since the larger the kits the bigger the pool of Blocks that can be shared. We will add as many Mats you want.