Security Robots at Kingswells!

April 05, 2017

Wacky Bots was fortunate to support the P4 classes at Kingswells Primary School as they explored robots!

As a technology enthusiast, this is clearly an outstanding school.  Every child already understood the concept of coding and had some understanding of sensors prior to my visit.  Exploring robotics was facile.

Each team programmed their tank robot to display an image, make a sound, and move.  Then we dug into the world of sensors.  We learned about the infrared sensor and used it to program our robot to respond to proximity – “Robot, can you see our minion?”

Using the “guard the jewels” case, we then brainstormed about how to program our robot to be a security robot – guarding some jewels from invading minion robbers.  Everyone successfully, programmed their robot to guard the jewels.  We even had some kids pretending to be robbers and testing the threshold of the infrared sensor.

Sensors are fantastic for making coding fun and tangible.  Once an interest in sensors is ignited, one begins to ask questions about everyday sensors and their likely programs.  “Why doesn’t the automatic door open when a cat is near?”  “Why doesn’t the snack machine allow me buy snacks when it has no change?” “How come my voice-passcode-protected diary opens when my brother says my magic word like I do?”

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