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title: "Poppy project for education"
description: "Poppy, an open-source robotics platform based on 3D printing, is used as a tool for teaching in middle and high schools, fablabs, workshops..."
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<h2 class="tc">Poppy, an open-source robotics platform based on 3D printing, is used as a tool for teaching</h2>
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With Poppy you can program robotics objects without needing to build the complete robot design beforehand.
A wide range of possible educational activities including secondary school, higher education,
various options and subjects can benefit from this tool.
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To learn, create and teach using the platform, <strong>discover our website dedicated to
education, <a href="{{ site.data.links.poppy_education }}">www.poppy-education.org</a></strong>.
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Go to the <strong>website dedicated to education: Poppy Education (French)
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The platform accessibility enables teachers to create and to share educational and collaborative projects that meet two key characteristics:
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<li>Integration of <strong>various technologies and methodologies</strong>: 3D printing, programming, electronics, machine learning algorithms.</li>
<li>Connections and <strong>collaborations between different disciplines</strong>: engineering, science, design, humanities, art.</li>
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Poppy Education aims to create, evaluate and disseminate all-inclusive pedagogical kits, open-source and low cost, for teaching computer science and robotics.
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<a href="{{ site.data.links.activities_booklet }}" class="large success button">Download the pedagogical activities booklet</a>
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<h2 class="tc">Why?</h2>
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To help young people <strong>to take ownership</strong> with concepts and technologies of the digital world, and provide the tools they need to allow them to <strong>become actors</strong> of this world, with a considerable socio-economic potential.
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<h2 class="tc">How?</h2>
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<strong>In collaboration</strong> with teachers. Users and their needs are placed at the center of this project. The Poppy Education pedagogical tools are created with them and evaluated in real life by experiments.
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Poppy Education is based on the robotic platform Poppy, from which it is possible to build different robots, including:
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<a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/{{ page.lang }}/robots/poppy-humanoid">Poppy Humanoid</a>, a robust and complete robotics platform designed for genuine experiments in the real world and can be adapted to specific user needs.
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<a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/{{ page.lang }}/robots/poppy-torso">Poppy Torso</a>, a variant of Poppy Humanoid that can be easily installed on any flat support.
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<a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/{{ page.lang }}/robots/poppy-ergo-jr">Ergo Jr</a>, a robotic arm. Durable and inexpensive, it is perfect to be used in class.
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<h2 class="tc">Programming</h2>
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Poppy robots are easy to program. Different options are possible based on students level and teaching objectives.
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Directly from a web browser by using Jupyter Notebook, an interactive terminal in a web interface for the Python programming language.
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<h3 class="tc">Snap!</h3>
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The visual programming system Snap!, which is a variant of Scratch. Its features allow a <strong>thorough introduction</strong> of information technology.
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C++, Java, Matlab, Ruby, JavaScript... Thanks to a REST API that allows sending commands and receiving information from the robot with simple HTTP requests.
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<h2 class="tc">Simulation</h2>
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Poppy Humanoid, Torso and Ergo Jr robots can be simulated with V-REP. It is possible in the classroom to work on the simulated model and then allow students to run their program on the physical robot.
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