On the 23rd April, students in the 5-6 class
were visited by two representatives from Robogals Toowoomba (which is a
student-run organization that aims to increase female participation in
engineering and technology).
Our workshop started with students
being asked to demonstrate ‘programming logic’ by guiding a blindfolded student
through a maze in our classroom, as if the blindfolded student was a robot. Our
students loved this activity as they eagerly observed how the ‘student robot’
responded to each command.
Then, in groups, students had
to construct their lego robots. This was a challenging activity as students had
to work out how to follow instructions, look for certain pieces and take turns
Finally, students were able to apply what they learnt from
observing their ‘student robot’ to come up with ideas on how to program their
own LEGO taskbot to navigate a maze. This took a LOT of trial and error and
perseverance but also a whole HEAP of fun!
What does all of this mean in the real world? Programming a robot to navigate a maze is similar to
real-world engineering design projects, such as controlling a Mars Rover to
explore the planet surface.
Congratulations to those
groups who successfully programmed their taskbot to navigate a maze...just
imagine what you will be capable of in the future!