Fable is a modular robot designed for education. It’s composed of three different types of modules: Function modules, Build modules and Extension modules.
The function modules are Fable Joint and Fable Spin, the ones you can also program.
The build modules come in different shapes and sizes to maximise the creativity of the students.
Moreover, Fable is an open-ended system with advanced functionality. You can 3D print your own parts and easily connect it with the modules you already own. The extension modules make it possible to combine Fable with other systems such as a smartphone running Skype, a robot hand, a 3D-printed robot head or a laser pointer. Fable encourages students to be both creative and innovative as they build robot prototypes to meet needs in the real world.
Why should you bring Fable to your classroom?
1. It’s an easy start for coding in the classroom
“We were thrilled when Fable arrived, and we found it easy to get started. It is really well made and easy to put together. We also loved the blocky editor and found it easy to navigate round. It complimented the other work on blockly we had been doing. We set it up and got a few pupils to try it out. They got Fable to monitor movement, then wave and smile. The best thing though was the discussion between the pupils. The problem solving and thinking skills were a joy to witness.” Karen Fleming, Keble Prep School, UK.
The programming interface is divided into different levels depending on the students’ level of competence. This begins with very simple visual programming with Blockly, to more advanced Blockly programming and finally versatile programming with Python. This helps students gradually progress. It is also possible to perform simple data processing on the interface with graphs or to log data to files for later processing e.g. in MS Excel. The interface provides an easy-to-understand introduction to get started.
2. It’s dedicated to small kids and geeks
The Fable System assists learning at all levels, from the comprehension of technology in primary and secondary school, through to the teaching of more advanced mathematics and informatics in vocational training programmes in industry and construction. The Fable System invites anyone from the age of three through to grown-ups to get to grips with the programming languages Blockly or Python.
3. It teaches STEM & 21st century skills
“Due to its ease of use and applicability, Fable can be used to teach everyone – from inexperienced children to robot scientists. Its resemblance with professional robots also means that it can be used at vocational training programmes for training programming, automation, computer vision, CAD design and artificial intelligence. Fable covers the entire spectrum and is designed for 21st century learning,” explains Moises Pacheco, CTO and co-founder. Fable also tackles nurturing other skills in students such as communication, by fostering the development of language and creativity and logical skills by developing their psychomotricity through construction, achieving greater ability over time to solve problems. Moreover, the trial and error approach to teaching helps students get instant feedback to adapt to and to learn from.
4. Limitless creativity in the classroom
Combining function, build and extension modules gives pupils untold possibilities to create different types of robots that are able to walk, drive, see, throw, use laser or ‘pick and place’, i.e. to pick things up and place them correctly, which is in great demand in the industry right now. Moreover, students have the opportunity to create something tangible and make it perform the actions that they program it to do. Not many fields combine creativity with engineering and technology—but robotics does. When students are given the opportunity to create something interactive that they think is cool, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information. You might be surprised with the things kids can create when given the right information and tools.
If you want to kickstart coding or teaching robotics, give Fable Blockly a try. You can download our software here for iPad and Chromebook, and try some activities that you can do without a robot.