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FarmBot

FarmBot - Our Educational Gardening Robot

Let's teach kids gardening, basic programming, robotics, and 3D printing

FarmBot, of California, is an open source 3D printed gardening machine designed to teach robotics.

The Farmbot robot mounts and dismounts gardening tools automatically. Kids find custom tools simple to build using the supplied 3D case model and our 3D printer.

The robot is easily controlled over the internet via an intuitive web application. Young users simply drag and drop pre-coded  blocks to get the farmbot to carry out particular functions.

New gardening routines can be created by more advanced users by using the popular Lua scripting language to generate new pre-coded blocks.

The FarmBot at Alella Green Tech is available for workshops and ongoing use by schools so that young people can learn robotics, 3D printing, simple coding — and get closer to nature in the funnest of ways!

We can provide your school or group with 24 hour, time lapse video feed of your garden patch and we are available for field trips when you want to come touch and feel and ultimately HARVEST your crop!!

Over 500 K-12 schools across the United States have integrated FarmBot into their curriculum — inspiring the next generation of farmers, engineers, environmentalists, innovators, and problem solvers. More details

Learn: Mechatronics

Children have the opportunity to learn about basic mechanics, stepper motors, and control systems - and get their veggies too!

Learn: Electronics

Children get introduced to the Internet of Things (IOT), home automation, and smart sensors in a real-world interactive setting by working engineers

Learn: Sustainable Farming

Our FarmBot uses water fertilized by our fish. Our fish eat food produced from our plants and animals, and we use sun, wind, and potential energy as power. We hope to inspire your kids to think like we do.

Possibilities for schools

How schools can use the FarmBot

At Alella Green Tech there is a FarmBot ready to use for schools to encourage the students to learn more about programming and farming.   This robotic farmer can be fully controlled remotely making it possible for teachers and students to use it from their classroom anywhere in the world.  

FarmBot Educational Experience

Overview:

The AGT Automated Gardening Educational Experience is a comprehensive program designed to integrate green tech technology into school curricula, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities in agriculture, robotics, and technology. The program offers both on-site and remote options, ensuring flexibility for schools and educators.

Program Components:

On-Site Sessions:

  • Frequency: Teachers and independent students can choose how often they will interact with the robot.  
  • Interaction is via the several live feeds from cameras mounted on or near the robot, and via the web application used to control the system.
  • Duration: Each on-site session lasts for approximately 1-3 hours.
  • Activities:
  • Introduction to automated gardening  technology.
  • Hands-on experience with our FarmBot system.
  • Planting, monitoring, caring for and harvesting crops using FarmBot.
  • Basic programming and automation concepts.
  • Designing new tools and finding creative solutions to improve the FarmBot.
  • Q&A and interactive discussions.

Remote Learning:

  • Web App Access: Schools subscribing to the program will receive remote access to the FarmBot web app and to the monitoring cameras.
  • Remote Project Collaboration: Students can remotely collaborate on projects using the FarmBot technology.
  • Access to the system is scheduled regularly but can also be requested adhoc for impromptu pop-in visits to see the status of the crop

Educator Support:

  • Specialised Instructors: Schools have the option to request specialised instructors to conduct on-site sessions.
  • Educator Training: Training sessions for teachers to effectively integrate FarmBot into their curriculum will be available. 

Financial Aspects

  • Monthly Fee: Schools pay a monthly subscription fee based on the level of access and support required.
  • Site visits where automated gardening can be viewed in peron and some manual gardening and other science work can be done are available
  • Customization: Schools can customise their subscription based on the number of sessions, level of support, and additional services.

Benefits:

  1. Hands-on Learning: Students gain practical experience in agriculture, technology, and programming.
  2. Flexible Learning: The program accommodates on-site and remote learning options to suit the school’s schedule.
  3. Curriculum Integration: FarmBot aligns with various subjects, promoting interdisciplinary learning.
  4. Educator Support: Teachers receive training and resources to enhance their ability to integrate FarmBot into their teaching.

Continued Education at Alella Green Tech

  1. Both teachers and students may request to intern at AGT during summers.  Specific advanced robotics for agriculture projects can be worked on.
  2. Erasmus students may apply to AGT for full university credit
  3. Local students may work on related projects and visit AGT as their time permits

How to get started:

Schools interested in the FarmBot Educational Experience can contact our program coordinator for a consultation and to custom subscription plan that fits their educational needs.

Farmbot app 2

Available Programs:

1. “Introduction to Robotic Gardening”

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Topics:
    • How the robot works (Laptop with Web App)
    • Demo (Laptop)
    • Task: Build a watering sequence (Extra laptops for students, robot access)
    • Try out the task
    • Considerations (5 min)

2. “Plant Needs”

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topics:
    • Talk about plant needs (Flipchart)
    • Introduction to how the robot works (Laptop, robot access)
    • Break (5 min)
    • Build a sequence together (Extra laptop for students, robot access)
    • Try out the task
    • Reflections on the program (10 min)

Advanced Programs:

3. “Code Your Own Sequence”

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Topics:
    • Overview of the plan (Flipchart)
    • Introduction to how the robot works (Laptop, robot access)
    • Break (5 min)
    • Task: Write a Lua program in groups (Students bring own laptops, robot access)
    • Every group presents and reviews programming (10-15 min per group)
    • Considerations on teamwork and learning (10 min)

4. “Coding Competition”

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Topics:
    • Overview of the plan (Flipchart)
    • Introduction to how the robot works (Laptop, robot)
    • Break (5 min)
    • Task for the competition: Write a Lua program for sustainability (Students bring own laptops, robot)
    • Every group presents, best sequence wins a prize (10-15 min per group)
    • Considerations on teamwork and learning (10 min)

TEACH IN GERMANY OR CANADA, HARVEST IN SPAIN

The entire process of gardening can be viewed and controlled over the internet making it possible for a class to control their own real-world vegetable patch from their class room.

The system can provide vital data – such as moisture, sun exposure, and soil PH so that a class can get right into the science of what makes sustainable farming possible and can make smart decision about when to water, trim, protect and finally harvest their crop.

If you’d like to offer virtual gardening and teach robotics with our FarmBot from your classroom anywhere around the world, please contact info@alellagreetech.com.

If you are an educator with time to get involved in our quest to help kids save the world – especially if you are near Barcelona – do get in touch!

Alella Green Tech Farmbot gardening robot

Alella Green Tech hosts weekly introductory workshops for children and interested students at our Can Picard base in Alella.

Sign up here: Alella Green Tech events at Can Picard.

If you want to offer virtual gardening and teach robotics with our FarmBot from your classroom anywhere around the world, or for any questions, please contact info@alellagreetech.com.

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