The following practice tasks and exercises are intended to familiarize your students with the robot and the programming interface. Students will learn about the robot’s driving and turning abilities, and how the movements can be realized through programming. For instance, the Turning Exercise provides guidance in investigating how the robot “pivots”, and which coding is required to do so.
The practice tasks and exercises below are a starting point for further inquiry into the robot’s functionality and abilities, so feel free to add to the suggested material. Each task provides free printable PDF documents to use in your classroom.
In this task, students will learn about one of the robot’s simplest abilities: driving forward. The task is structured so that students can gain experiences and confidence in simple programming, for instance by downloading and running programs, or by connecting the robot to the iPad. At the same time, they will learn how to program the robot to move forward, and thus gain a spatial sense of the proportion of wheel rotations and the distance traveled.
The Turning Exercise provides students with insight in how the robot “pivots” (or turns on the spot), and which coding is required to do so. Students will learn which wheel rotations are required to make the robot complete a half or a full turn (and others), so that they gain a spatial understanding of this essential feature in the robot’s operation.
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