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In Friday’s Lego programming class, we finished the tank robot. The kids think the robots look like crabs!
We learned how to make a robot dizzy and how to fix a dizzy robot so that we can use the gyro sensor properly. Then we used the gyro sensor to make accurate 90 degree turns.
In today’s Lego robot coding class, we started to make a tank robot. Nearly finished the construction. Next week we will program them so that they can make precision turns using the “tank move” block and the gyroscopic sensor.
In last week’s Kids coding class, the kids finalized their obstacle course program. They learned the granular method of task completion: break large tasks into smaller tasks and do the small tasks one at a time.
In Friday’s Lego robot class, the kids built an obstacle course using Duplo blocks that wound around the classroom. Then the kids needed to program their Lego robot to navigate the course. This requires a lot testing and refinement of their program. We only finished the part of the robot program, so we will finish up next week.
In last Friday's Lego programming class, we added sound, lights and button press sensing to our robot's programs. The kids learned that the Wait block can wait for many types of events. And lastly we learned about friction: how large surface area increases friction and tiny ridges on the Lego Pegs can change how two Lego Beams connect.
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?”