The Tinusaur is an educational platform and set of tools that focus on programming, robotics, and electronics and applying modern learning methods in an effort to present science and technology in an interesting and entertaining way to the students. It is a mixture of software and hardware. Here it is described in 3 simple steps: (1) you assemble your hardware yourself by soldering your board; then (2) you learn how to program it using puzzle-like blocks; then (3) you learn how to write C code.
The Tinusaur project consists of (1) microcontroller boards with add-ons that come as a kit that you assemble yourself; (2) software – as sample code, drives for sensors and other peripherals; (3) blocks-based web development environment called Blocktinu that could generate real C programming language source code; (4) learning materials such as guides, tutorials, lessons, videos, etc.; (5) services, like training for educators and learners, and support for the community.
The project and its tools are being used in universities, schools, and other educational initiatives all around the world.