Robotics Safari in Scratch

November 27, 2017

 

Scratch, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is arguably the most popular coding tool for children of primary school age. Animations, games, cartoons, music, art: it is immensely fun and really easy to get started. At Wacky Bots, we have taken it to the next level with robotics.

Several months ago, a group of children at Wacky Bots in Inverbervie started their journey into robotics using Lego’s Wedo kit and software.  We had a rollercoaster adventure exploring science and machinery by building and programming robots like earthquake simulators, robotic arms, and forklifts.  Having mastered the Wedo software, we moved on to Scratch!

Scratch offers the exhilarating ability to mix gaming, animations, cartoons and art with robotics.  We have created games where the reward was an activated robot – praying mantis snacking on its prey, synchronised animations with our robots motion

and more.  Then last week, we had a chat with our robot.

After building and customising a dinosaur robot, we explored the concept of thresholds.  It was interesting to apply those “greater than’ and ‘less than’ mathematical symbols the children had learned at school to robotics using the motion sensor and microphone!  We recorded our own dinosaur sounds and got our robot to respond to our voice – both on-screen and the robot.

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