SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set for Secondary Education S.T.E.M.

Level up your STEM skills with SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set!

Building on the foundation of SMART:Blox S1 Programming Set, the SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set is an advanced STEM set designed to take students to the next level. It’s perfect for those who mastered the basics and are ready for a challenge.

Deeper dive into programming:

  • SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set introduces more complex activities, pushing students to explore a wider range of programming commands.
  • This broader skillset allows them to tackle new and exciting applications, expanding their programming experience.

Unleash your creativity

SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set doesn’t just teach new commands; it opens doors to a world of possibilities. Students will be able to design projects that are more intricate and delve into more diverse areas of programming.

Ready to take the leap?

If you’re a student who enjoyed SMART:Blox S1 Programming Set and are hungry for more, SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set is the perfect next step in your STEM journey!

SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set is an advanced STEM set in continuation of basic education with SMART:Blox S1 Programming Set, offering students more complex activities, more programming commands and learning in a wider range of applications and experiences in programming.

The system includes the programmable microcontroller ARD:icon, accompanied by a series of peripheral devices, sensors and actuators, Polytech’s ARD:icon development and programming software with the necessary teaching and supporting educational material, ideal for secondary (highschool) students.

Its design makes the system ideal for training in programming and controlling devices through the board language, as well as introducing programming in Arduino and C/C++ languages. It allows students with no experience, background in electronic circuits and computer knowledge to learn programming by creating basic control circuits, implementing exciting technical activities.

The SMART:Blox S2 Programming Set comes with a set of placement guides of compatible bricks (Lego type) and a base for placing/building the activities. These plastic parts (Lego type) are durable and suitable for use by children. It is selected as a suitable educational material in Secondary School (grades 1-3) STEM-Robotics education by the Hellenic Ministry of Education.

  • ARD:icon microcontroller
  • Base for bricks (Lego type)
  • Cases for compatible bricks (Lego type) for placing circuits
  • Analog sound sensor (Microphone)
  • Pressure switch
  • Active buzzer
  • Passive buzzer
  • Magnetic switch
  • Infrared receiver
  • Infrared transmitter
  • Humidity temperature sensor
  • LEDs of various colors (Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, White)
  • LDR light sensor
  • Angle/rotation sensor
  • Step motor with propeller
  • Servo motor
  • Laser unit
  • PIR motion sensor
  • Hall Magnetic Field Sensor
  • RGB LED unit
  • Tilt switch
  • Water level sensor
  • Soil moisture sensor
  • Thin film pressure sensor
  • Ultrasonic distance sensor
  • Temperature sensor with terminal
  • Infrared obstacle avoidance sensor
  • LCD screen
  • RJ11 cables to 3-pin interface B, 6-pin, 30 cm
  • USB cable
  • ARD:icon© software

1st Grade

  1. Thermostat/refrigerator function
  2. Goniometer 1.Β
  3. Goniometer 1.Γ
  4. Goniometer 2.Β
  5. Temperature Control
  6. Anti-Theft System – “for” function
  7. Laser Security System – “for” function
  8. Traffic light
  9. Smart Home Security Control – Circuit Break Switch
  10. Touch screen
  11. Touch Lamp Programming
  12. Pressure – Force measurement I
  13. Pressure – Force measurement II
  14. Surgical Forceps Programming
  15. Surgical Forceps Programming 2
  16. Decibel meter 2
  17. IR Obstacle Object Sensor
  18. Parking Lot Exit Control
  19. Parking Lot Exit Control 2
  20. Automated Railway Level Crossing
  21. Automatic Screen Brightness Adjustment
  22. Height and Length of Objects Calculation
  23. RGB adjustment according to ambient temperature
  24. RGB adjustment according to the angle
  25. RGB adjustment according to pressure

2nd Grade

  1. Water Level Control
  2. Water Level Control 2
  3. Temperature sensor with Terminal
  4. Optimum Temperature Programming
  5. Optimum Temperature Programming 2
  6. ON/OFF switch programming
  7. ON/OFF Alarm Switch Programming
  8. Smart Home Security Control – The “while” function.
  9. Thin-film pressure Sensor
  10. Touch screen
  11. Touch Lamp Programming
  12. Pressure – Force measurement I
  13. Pressure – Force measurement II
  14. Surgical Forceps Programming
  15. Surgical Forceps Programming 2
  16. Decibel meter 2
  17. IR Obstacle Object Sensor
  18. Parking Lot Exit Control
  19. Parking Lot Exit Control 2
  20. Automated Railway Level Crossing
  21. Automatic Screen Brightness Adjustment
  22. Height and Length of Objects Calculation
  23. RGB adjustment according to ambient temperature
  24. RGB adjustment according to the angle
  25. RGB adjustment according to pressure

3rd Grade

  1. RGB adjustment according to the distance
  2. Traffic light 2 (RGB)
  3. Parking sensor 3 (RGB)
  4. Water Level sensor 3 (RGB)
  5. Surgical Forceps Programming 3 (RGB)
  6. Optimum Temperature Programming 3 (RGB)
  7. Decibel meter 3 (RGB)
  8. Goniometer 1.Δ (RGB)
  9. Advertising sign 3 (RGB)
  10. Mathematical constant π calculation
  11. Circular Disc Surface Area Calculation
  12. Cube Surface Area Calculation
  13. Rectangular Prism Surface Area Calculation
  14. Table Surface Area Calculation
  15. Triangular Prism Surface Area Calculation
  16. Cylinder Surface Area Calculation
  17. Calculation of the Volume of a Cube of Constant Surface Area
  18. Calculation of the Volume of a Cube of Variable Surface Area
  19. Rectangular Prism Volume Calculation
  20. Cylinder Volume Calculation
  21. Parallelogram Volume Calculation
  22. Calculation of Sine, Cosine, Fixed Angle Tangent
  23. Calculation of Sine, Cosine, Tangent Variable Angle
  24. Trigonometry problem 1
  25. Trigonometry problem 2

The ARD:icon Microcontroller

ARD:icon is a microcontroller based on the open architecture of the ARDUINO controller family, specially designed by Polytech for simple “plug and play” use by students.

It uses open source guides and a simple but powerful and flexible programming environment in order to make programming accessible to the general (student) audience.
The set is equipped with a set of accessory passive devices (sensors and interfaces) and is an ideal introduction to computer science and computational/algorithmic thinking.

It comes with Polytech ARD:icon programming environment. It can also be programmed with various programming environments for ARDUINO (also known as IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), available through ARD:icon.

The microcontroller device is integrated in a durable plastic box. It features markings on its surface so that students can identify each input, output, communication, power and other necessary connection port. It has operation light indicators for various states (Download, Run, Compile).

The sensors and the micro-devices are connected to ARD:icon via RJ11 cables (6-wire array) thus avoiding micro-wiring circuits, pins, connection errors, short circuits, loss of teaching time/time for circuit assembly and disassembly and teaching time is devoted to the planning of each circuit and the main theme of the activity. Each set has 8 RJ 11 cables 30 cm long.

In conjunction with the ARD:icon software application, students focus on control system design and programming, operation logic, using the application’s icon environment (Icon based GUI), specially designed and implemented by Polytech for teaching purposes.

Technical characteristics

  • CPU: ATmega328P-PU
  • Flash memory: 32 KB
  • SRAM: 2KB
  • Storage capacity EEPROM: 1KB
  • Clock frequency: 16 MHZ
  • Restart option
  • Ability to connect via USB, to a device with Android or Windows OS

Power Supply

When connected to a tablet or computer via a USB port, no external power is needed. No batteries are required to operate the set.

The ARD:icon© Software

The ARD:icon© software that accompanies every POLYTECH STEM set is a visual programming editor by Polytech that uses drag-and-drop blocks a powerful teaching and programming tool for:

  • the strengthening of computational and algorithmic thinking
  • developing skills for computer programming, robotics, automation and familiarity with programming code
  • the design of basic technical and scientific applications, mathematical calculations and other technological solutions with a view to the whole range of STEM applications

In addition, it offers a modern method for teaching these fundamental concepts to students through a variety of activities, exercises and group assignments based on STEM methodology.

ARD:icon© software offers an educational platform with teaching applications, aids, videos and content that make up an integrated solution. The software environment and the entire content is offered in English, Greek or Russian language. ARD:icon, using a block language environment with built-in real programming commands, offers a unique programming platform that automatically generates and exports the code defined by the student in Arduino language (the controller’s natural language based on C++) and simultaneously in C language in a split window.

The main teaching subsystems offered are:

  • ARD:icon© SB – Circuit programming and simulation software using the equipment and hardware offered per set.
  • ΑRD:icon© EB – An eBook format application which incorporates the curriculum and enables students through the software instructions (C.A.I.) to perform activities on their own outside of the teaching period (Self paced training) but also within the teaching period under the supervision of the teacher.
  • ARD:icon© CS – A subsystem of the platform based on Polytech software, Academus CRS – class interaction and management system – for interactive teaching activities with tools to assist the teacher in the presentation of lessons.

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