Actor-lab - A great tool to teach kids control technology an robotics.
Version: 2.5Actor-lab is a parallel, object-orientated control language designed to introduce the ideas of control technology and robotics.
Operating System: Mac OS X
Actor-lab was designed to make the teaching of control technology possible in classroom settings where, after a general introduction by the teacher, year 5-7 children work by themselves in small groups with only peer support.
The language and the interface were designed to represent the notion of input-process-output that is central to basic robotics and control technology. It's operation can be explained using the intuitively accessible metaphor of a cast of actors able to send messages to each other. In Actor-lab the programmer becomes a playwright because he has to write scripts for the actors.