In today's kids coding class we worked in our first Lego robot. Since this is our first one, we made a crawling robot. We started with just a motor and arms and once we got that working, we added the Mindstorms Brick. I encouraged the kids to engage in “problem finding”, not just problem solving. We would look at what they made and ask “Does this work the way we want?” or “What would make the robot better?”
Here's some of the problems they found and then solved:
- it moves too fast!
- it's wobbley.
- its hands are too slippery to pull the robot.
- it moves in circles.
We also wrote our first Lego program. It's very similar to Scratch.