Minibloq

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Minibloq
Minibloq 0.8 beta.png
Screenshot of Minibloq 0.8.Beta
Developer(s) Julián da Silva Gillig
Stable release v0.82.Beta / May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07)
Written in C++ / wxWidgets
Operating system Windows, Linux
Type Visual programming language
License RMPL (RobotGroup-Multiplo Pacifist License)
Website http://minibloq.org

Minibloq is a graphical development environment for Arduino[1] and other platforms. Its main objective is to help in teaching programming.[2] It is specially used in robotics at elementary, middle and high schools. It's widely used in Argentina, where just in the San Luis province, more than 60000 children has been trained with this software in public schools.[3]

How it works[edit]

Minibloq is basically a graphical code generator with some IDE capabilities.[4] It's self-contained and every distribution includes the complete [toolchain] needed to compile (or interpret, depending on the selected target) and deploy the code to the selected hardware target. Every code block is configured in XML. Since its first public version, the code is generated in real time (for this purpose uses Scintilla). Here are some examples of code generated for Arduino:

Since the v0.82 version, it also can be used as an IDE for conventional programming of Arduino and other physical computing boards.

miniSim[edit]

Since the v0.82 version,[5] miniBloq includes miniSim: a small 2D robot simulator, aimed specially for kids. It's a very simple tool to help teaching basic robot programming to kids whom don't own a real robot. miniBloq features some simple blocks that controls a small simulated robot with some remembrances to [Logo], where the robot can draw a small environment (a maze, for example) and the use a sensor to interact with that environment. miniSim is under the same license as miniBloq, and has been programmed in [Python], using [PyGame]. miniSim is the official simulator software used by the Educ.Ar educational program from the Argentine Government.[6]

Operating systems[edit]

Minibloq + OLPC + Arduino.

miniBloq runs under Windows and Linux, in principle, without dependencies. The v0.81 version is distributed both as a Windows installer (exe) or as a single multiple OS compressed file, which contains the Windows and the Linux versions. This last distribution was designed to be portable, so the user can run in from a pen drive in any of these operating systems. The version v0.82 comes only in Windows version, since the Linux is under development. However, a preliminary Linux version can be downloaded from a branch from miniBloq's GitHub repository. A derivative from miniBloq.v0.82 version is also a work in progress from the Huayra Linux educational operating system community.

Derivative software[edit]

There are derivative versions of miniBloq made for specific platforms by third party teams or private companies:

References[edit]

Publications[edit]

There are some activity books available online as PDF about miniBloq and educational robotics:

External links[edit]

Web articles[edit]