4th grade, 9 yrs old, 2013;
I remember very clearly, at the end of my first reading breakout class, seeing a couple of robots on top of my teacher’s shelf. I asked her what it was, and she told me about how she used to teach a robotics class.
At the end of the school year, she let me borrow one BOE Bot kit for the summer. I was mesmerized, because I could look at the pcb while I put it together! It was not until two years later of borrowing that thing over the summer breaks, that Mrs Golden moved schools. She messaged my mom on Facebook, and told me to keep the ‘Bot! 5 years later, I still have everything but the BOE itself, which burned out and quit after serving a classroom for several years. I have since then used Parallax robotics with much joy!