Extreme Robot (LEGO NXT) 4 hour workshop details
Remember to take good pictures. Examples can be found here: http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/2242.
Ages: middle school through high school
Equipment: laptop and robot kit for half the number of students (we usually have them work in groups of 2-3 people). Extra parts for the Mayan adventure book robots. The Mayan Adventure book.
Materials: Blue painters tape, white foam core board, black electrical tape (and maybe green electrical tape). The Mayan adventure challenges: tunnel, scroll, and string crawler posts.
Wireless issues- call 404-478-7310 for any problems with Wandering Wi-Fi
Before each workshop
During each workshop
Explain each of the 3 challenges from the Mayan Adventure books to the girls:
Tunnel challenge: the robot needs to go foward until it sees the wall (with the ultrasonic sensor) and then turn left, then it goes forward again until it sees the next wall (again with the ultrasonic sensor) and then it should to forward till it sees another wall and stop in the red square for 30 seconds and then find its way back out of the tunnel. The book has plans for a robot for this challenge or you can use the normal robot that you usually build with the education kit and add an ultrasonic sensor.
Scroll challenge: the robot needs to move forward until it finds the scroll and then grad it and bring it back out. The book has instructions for building this robot.
String challenge: the robot needs to move along the string until the middle and drop a ball in a vase (or a box).
If the girls have not done the follow a black line using the light sensor they should start with that. Have them do challenges 16 and 17 in the robot educator and then try the RoboCup Jr. course or try an easier to follow a black line on a foam core board.
Girls build and program one of the robots to solve one of the challenges. Take video and pictures. If they get one done they can try to do another.
Last 15 minutes:
Do the post-surveys!
After each workshop
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