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Volume 19, Number 3 --- -----------------------------------Holiday 2023

Welcome to the Holiday issue of Turtle Talk, Terrapin's email newsletter with the latest news, announcements, stories, tips, and tools!

...Free Camera Makes Tuff-Bot a Mars Rover

Get a free Robot Sports Camera with each Tuff-Bot ordered and turn Tuff-Bot into a Mars rover! With its oversize wheels, sealed body, and long steps, Tuff-Bot is a Rugged Robot, able to traverse grass, gravel, sand, asphalt, carpet, and a wide range of surfaces.

Equipped with a camera, Tuff-Bot can take photos or send back video as it explores. Add a Data Logging Backpack and collect light, temperature, and humidity data as well. Students can use Tuff-Bot to explore their environment, including places they might not be able to go themselves.

This offer is available for a limited time. To get your free camera, add it when you create a quote or place an order by clicking the checkbox. The Tuff-Bot Excursion Bundle, with four Tuff-Bots, now also includes four cameras. Each camera comes with a camera mount to attach it to Tuff-Bot.

Control Tuff-Bot using the buttons on board or remotely via Bluetooth with the Tuff-Bot Emulator, TacTile Code Reader, or the Rugged Robot tablet app. With three speeds and built-in obstacle avoidance, Tuff-Bot is designed for wide exploration. Use the Tuff-Bot Emulator to practice coding Tuff-Bot before sending it out into the wider world to explore on its own.

Learn more about Tuff-Bot...

Terrapin 'Bots Reach Them All in Tennessee

Reach Them All video

Terrrapin is proud that Bee-Bot, Blue-Bot, and Pro-Bot are part of Tennessee's Reach Them All Initiative. Reach Them All brings computer science to every district, school, and classroom in Tennessee through a train-the-trainer model. Delegates and ambassadors from each district receive training and tools to help their teachers incorporate computer science into their classes.

Bee-Bots, Blue-Bots, and Pro-Bots are used in training for elementary grades along with access to Bee-Bot Lessons and Pro-Bot Lessons. As noted in the online training course, "These three programming devices were selected because of their proven ability to connect computer science programming to academic content." According to Stephanie Zeiger, Reach Them All trainer, "Teachers walk away with understanding the natural fits and connections with their curriculum and computer science and computational thinking. We want them to see how computational thinking and computer science enhances student learning."

As Andraya Chase from the Shelby County Schools put it after participating in the training, "I envision teaching my students that computer science is not just using technology. It's the way you think. It's the way we're going to analyze information using our critical thinking skills."

Learn more about Reach Them All...

Turtle Tuesdays

Need Logo project ideas? Wait until Tuesday! Then check Instagram or Facebook for a new challenge with a solution the following week, also archived on our website.

Learn to use Pro-Bot lights, sensors, sounds, and advanced features with the Pro-Bot Robotics Manual (online or PDF). Practice with the Pro-Bot Emulator.

Kinderlogo uses the Logo turtle to introduce math and coding concepts to young learners. Download the new 52 Ideas for Kinderlogo for more fun projects.

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