Meet Yücel!

Yücel Tekin is the founder and CEO of Robotum, an organization which facilitates robotics workshops for children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19. Robotum acts as a consultant to schools and institutions interested in technology education and competitive robotics. Their talented team of youth builders and programmers routinely attends national and international competitions such as FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, and World Robot Olympiad.

Having four degrees, Yücel is a well-educated and experienced individual. After completing two undergraduate degrees in Management and Computer Science, he earned his Master’s in Education Technology, before finally achieving his Ph.D. based on his research into the effects of robotics on mathematics.

Before working on Robotum full-time, Yücel had experience as the Director of Distance Learning at Atilim University, as a Chief Information Officer in the military, as an ICT Instructor, and more.

Yücel is married and has two children, 15 and 16.


Q: How did you first hear about the Virtual Robotics Toolkit?

By searching on Google for a virtual tool compatible with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot.

Q: What inspired you to get involved as a partner?

The research I worked on as part of earning my Ph.D. led me to believe that robotics coding will be the leading technology of education in the future.

Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge as an educator?

The greatest challenge is designing STEM activities that are suitable for improving targeted outcomes in education.

Q: What advice do you have for anyone considering the Virtual Robotics Toolkit as an educational tool?

I advise using Virtual Robotics Toolkit and physical robot kits together. I believe that this hybrid teaching method is more effective than only teaching with physical robots.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

In the future, Yucel wants to design an online adaptive learning environment for ICT education that meets the education needs of both individuals and schools.


Contact Yücel!

Robotum’s website: http://robotum.net/
Instagram: @robotum_net
Facebook: @robotumnet
YouTube: Yücel Tekin

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Installation Made Easy: Your Guide to Getting Started with the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

How exciting, you’re about to download and install the Virtual Robotics Toolkit! Whether you plan on buying or trying our software, the steps to get started are (mostly) the same. Keep reading to find out how!

System Requirements

Minimal:

● Intel processors (i3, i5), AMD processors (A8, A10)

● 4 GB of RAM

● Integrated graphics card

● Windows 7 or better, Mac OS X – Mavericks or better

● 64 bit Operating System

● Internet Connection (for initial one-time activation, competition and the Learning Environment)

Ideal:

● Multi-core processor, Intel i7

● 8 GB of RAM

● Dedicated graphics card

● Windows 7 or better, Mac OS X – Mavericks or better

● 64 bit Operating System

● Internet Connection (for initial one-time activation, competition and the Learning Environment)


Downloading the Software

Download the Virtual Robotics Toolkit from https://www.virtualroboticstoolkit.com/download_links. Start by choosing your operating system (Windows or Mac).


Installation

Once your software has finished downloading, it’s now time to open up the setup wizard and begin the installation process.

You’ll first be asked to agree to the terms and conditions. Once you agree, click Install.

Once your software has finished installing, you’ll be prompted to do one of two things.

  1. Enter a license/activation key
  2. Start a 15-day free trial period

Once you’ve either entered your key or activated your trial period, you’ll be ready to start building. Happy simulating!

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