The current demand for a software developer is high, and demand will continue to rise as the world more gradually relies on the products of these developers. However, due to a lack of national STEM support and funding, demand will not be met with a STEM enabled work force. The purpose of Grover is to provide quality STEM education to kids and teens in any financial situation by making code fun and feasible. Students will learn how to integrate I/O (Inputs and Outputs) and code to compose a physical, auditory, or visual function. In doing so students will learn to write over two-hundred lines of code, using functions, conditional statements and mathematical operators.
Schools will be able to use their existing computers to code Grover using the browser-based Arduino Create software on any operating system including MacOS, Windows, and ChromeOS.
Grover offers an extremely competitive price to integrated I/O array ratio. Housed in the 3D printed chassis is an Arduino Nano with an ATMEGA 328P microcontroller, two geared dc hobby motors with an accompanying L293D motor driver, an HC-SR04 digital distance sensor capable of measuring in the range of 2cm to 400cm (1″ – 13′), and a 4 pin RGB led to convey emotion and it is all powered by a 2 cell 7.4v LiPo battery enclosed in a 3D printed case. Grover’s chassis is designed to fit modification modules that can act as analog or digital pins to control any array of analog or digital I/O across two channels to further enhance the available I/O array and learn new skills and methods in code.
Before we can get Grover into schools across the nation we need to saturate the direct consumer market, the people who are eager to learn how to code and enable a new skill or enhance it. Help us paint a new picture of the future of our schools and their curriculum that is applicable in the real world.
– Founder, William Sobral