We have had a brilliant ICT computer programming day today with Alison Kelly from STEMworks.
We started the morning thinking about how robots are used in everyday life. We then split ourselves into groups of 2’s and 3’s, choose a team name and made our 15-minute robot.
Once our robots were built we were set a series of challenges. Each challenge was worth a different number of points.
Challenge 1 – Making the robot move
This challenge (worth 10 points) was to program our robot to travel forwards and stop at the stop sign.
Challenge 2 – Making the robot move and turn
This challenge (worth 15 points) was to program our robot to travel forwards to the stop sign, turn right, travel forwards and stop in the STEMworks box on the mat.
Challenge 3 - Using the sensors
This challenge was worth 50 points, with up to 25 points for making the sensors work, up to 15 points for making the robot dance within the blue and yellow oval (the dance floor!) and up to 10 points for the dance. We had to program the robot to move forward until it sensed an object in front of it, reverse and then make it dance! We were also challenged to include sound and use the light sensors.
Challenge 4 – A choice of 2 challenges (each worth 50 points)
We were allowed to adapt our robots for these challenges.
Choice 1 – The Football Challenge
This challenge was to start with the robot in the STEMworks box and program the robot to score a goal. Each goal scored was worth 10 points. We needed to score as many goals as possible in 2 minutes. BUT if we knocked the goal posts we lost points.
Choice 2 – The Egg Cup Challenge
This challenge was to start with the robot in the STEMworks box and program the robot to knock the egg cup into the box. We scored 50 points for knocking the egg cup into the box. BUT if we bumped into the box we lost points and if the egg cup fell off the box and onto the floor you lost points.