Taking Lego Mindstorms to the Next Level

June 17, 2017

The intermediate level Robotics using Lego Mindstorms “stretches the mind.”  It’s for the really inquisitive kids out there who want to be able to make their robot do much more.

Each week at the Aberdeen Science Centre, we learn something new and apply it to help our robot complete a task.  We have to make up our own code and test it out.  It doesn’t always work the first time.  We always have to modify our code and sometimes, we have to debug when our robot does something eyebrow-raising…  “WHAAAT?  Why is the robot spinning when I asked it to go forwards?  Oops I didn’t plug a cable in properly. ”  Yes, that has even happened to the instructor…

We have taught our robot to follow a line and even stop when it detects a red stop light in its path.  We have been pirates and explored mazes, capturing pots of “gold,”  We have even been on the battle line – shooting the enemy as we navigated a dangerous war zone.  We have persevered, laughed, succeeded and celebrated!

Next week we are on to sumo wrestling – can’t wait to see who conquers the ring!

5 year olds can code robots!