Help blind and visually impaired students participate in robotics.
May the 4th, #QDay, is a day to celebrate all things Quorum, which is an accessible programming language.
Quorum helped make First Lego League robotics accessible to the #DOT5UDOGS and #180Optimum, two teams sponsored by The Maryland School for the Blind. How cool is that? Quorum can be used for 2D and 3D gaming as well as all sorts of things!
Help! Here’s The Problem!
We need your help! The LEGO EV3 set has been retired. The new robot, SPIKE, is not accessible AND it does not allow us to use Quorum.
How Can You Help?
Equality and equity are talked about A LOT. Go beyond hopes and inspirations to action! This is your chance to help make equality and equity a reality.
YOU can help by doing the following:
- Try Quorum for yourself at https://quorumlanguage.com. Scroll down or navigate by heading to “Try Quorum online!” Use the drop down menu to experience different coding examples.
- Compare Quorum to another programming language. To do a loop in Quorum is much simpler and doesn’t involve unnecessary punctuation or symbols.
- Post your support for Quorum and Quorum Lego Robotics on social media! Use #QDay and any of our other hashtags! #DOT5UDOGS #180Optimum #A11Y #CodeWithMSB. Quorum makes sense for everyone not just people who are blind or visually impaired! Help us by posting a message of support!
- Encourage others to share your post! Be sure to consider adjusting your settings (i.e. public, friends, etc.) to reach as many people as possible!
Real World Samples
As many of you know, the Maryland School for the Blind has two FLL teams, the DOT5UDOGS and 180 Optimum. The robotics team experience is both celebrated and treasured by many of our students as well as our staff.
On May 4th we are inviting everyone to try out Quorum and celebrate it as a programming language and IDE that is accessible for everyone. What is made accessible for the blind and visually impaired can benefit many people. It’s not just for blind people, so join us regardless of your visual acuity and see what it’s like to use a programming language that is research based and has an accessible IDE.
We would also appreciate support in advocating with us so that we can use Quorum on Spike and also just have accessible opportunities.
Here’s a Google Doc with more information:
Here’s a link to info about Quorum Lego Robotics:
Please feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions or would like to collaborate!
Lego Engineering & Technology Teacher
Maryland School for the Blind