Today we started our robotics unit in Design. The teachers explained a bit about coding, Programming and robots in general.
We started off with coding. We were given a sheet like a list so we can program our own human robots. First we had to think about what we could make the robot do. Mine was turning on a laptop. Then in the first column we had write what movement we wanted the robot to do. It had to be specific or the robot wont know exactly what you what it do. For example if you wanted to make the robot move 1 step then you would say:
Raise right foot 15 centimetres
Move right foot forward 10 centimetres
lower right foot 15 centimetres
Then we need to put the words into a code like this:
Now the robot knows exactly what to do.
Session 2: Building
The following day we got into our groups and built the basic robot out of lego. My group found it pretty easy because we all have had experience with lego before.
What is a robot?
A robot is a machine that helps people and can make their lives easier.
Robots are programmed to do things and make them work. Without a program they do nothing.
What is needed to make a robot work?
A program, coding, lego or materials, battery,
What is a program?
A program is a device that you put codes onto to make the robot work. It can also be a list of instructions.
Why do you think people invent robots?
To help people make there lives easier. To make jobs easier. To make more efficient ways of things.
Up and back 3 ways.
I found it a bit challenging when I started but when I started playing with the buttons understanding what they did, it was easier.
Here is my video of rotations:
Here is the video of degrees:
Here is the video of seconds:
(I’m putting it on in homeroom)
I found the baseball diamond pretty easy once I got started because i just copy and pasted the last parts and it worked.
Here is the programme and video of my baseball diamond:
The first programme slot is repeated 4 times and the 2nd one is repeated 3 times. It goes forward, turn, forward, turn, forward, turn, forward.
Here is a video:
I found this challenge challenging because I have never used a colour sensor before. It took me a little bit of time to work out how the buttons work for it but it worked in the end.
Here is a screen cast of the colour sensor programme explaining what they mean: