Saturday, January 7, 2017


2017 CES via erco

My pal and guest reporter, Eric Ostendorff (aka, erco) shared these hot robotics' items from this year's CES in Las Vagas.

A more complete report is here on the Parallax Forums.

When Two Loves Collide...

On my 22nd wedding anniversary, I give thanks for the person who puts up with my other passions! Christmas 2016 marked the 10th year of my robotics' hobby - my computing and electronic hobbies go back much further.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Learn Something New in 2017

Learn something new in 2017 or share what you know with others - start here!

Join Parallax’s one-hour educational webinars! 
See the detailed descriptions of each webinar on our website or follow the signup links below.

S3 Robot with Blockly 
Take your student’s Google Blockly and MIT Scratch programming from the screen to the S3 Robot - for elementary and middle school educators.

Microcontroller Invention Made Easy with Blockly!
See what’s possible with the Propeller multicore microcontroller, Blockly and Parallax electronic sensors - for high school and college educators. 

Chromebooks and Arduinos? Parallax’s Shield-Bot
Are you a one-to-one Chromebook school and want to program Arduino robots? This important webinar is for all educators. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Blockly for Microcontrollers Facebook Group

Parallax has started a Blockly Public Group on Facebook to provide a discussion place for all things Blockly and with all microcontrollers (not just Parallax products!).

Parallax President and CEO, Ken Gracey, says, "Google's Blockly visual programming environment has been branched for many microcontrollers for use with robotics, sensors, and electronic circuits. It's proven to be a very powerful programming system for learning text-based programming languages in education. Share projects, ask questions, and just learn about this tool on this Group.
This group is for Blockly with all types of platforms: Ardublocks, PICAxe, BlocklyProp, Lego, etc.

Parallax's own branch of Blockly is called BlocklyProp - It is a wonderful tool for programming and learning to program. 

Join us in the discussion and fun... Blockly for Microcontrollers is here -

While you are at it, visit Parallax to see all the ways they have to experiment with Blockly - and my personal favorites the Scribbler 3 or S3 Robot and the BlocklyProp Starter Kit - what a great way to get started!

Sunday, January 1, 2017