This lesson we started learning how to do basic line following. The first couple times it did not work, but after persevering we got it to follow the black line!
This term in robotics I was mainly doing the photography and filming. I think I could of done some more programming. I think I did really well on my blog posts especially my first one. I learnt that with robotics you really need to be patient i really enjoyed this term, I cant wait to see what term 2 brings.
This lesson we learnt how to use a colour sensor. At first we were a bit confused at how it worked but once we created a costing colour program that we thought might work, we started to understand more. We got our program to work first try!
This video for colour sensor costing
Next we moved onto the break colour program, which also worked well.
This video for colour sensor break
Later on we learnt a bit more about loops. We had to create a program using a loop and make it go around a square piece of paper in a perfect square. Henry created the program and I measured the square and Charlie was blogging about what was happening. After our 6th attempt we got the square to work.
Next lesson we are going to try and get our robot to follow a black line. I learnt that certain things don’t always work even if the program seems right, there could even be something wrong that you don’t know about.
(These are the two bricks that work with the touch sensor)
This lesson we learnt how to use a touch sensor!
At first we were confused on how to use the touch sensor, then we got a little bit more help with explaining about how the touch sensor works and we were ready to create the programs!!
I created the program then uploaded it onto the robot (this took a bit of time) and then we tested it. We pressed play on the program the robot moved towards Charlies hand, then when it hit Charlie’s hand it stopped moving!
Next we went onto test two, the wall. We put the robot about 30 cm away from the wall, pressed play, and when it hit the wall it stopped! We were very proud of ourselves as we completed it first try.
I feel like at the start of robotics everything was going wrong, but now everything is going right which I’m very happy about. From this lesson I learnt that even if something is confusing at first you can figure it out with a little bit of determination.
This lesson Charlie, Henry and I got our Robot to do our program!!
Charlie created a program on the weekend and we managed to upload it onto our robot, then we pressed start and this time it worked!
Next, we moved onto the other challenges. We checked the programs then uploaded them onto the robot. Once we had uploaded the programs that we needed to upload, we were now up to date on all of the challenges!
I think our group worked very well. We didn’t give up if something went wrong, we would just find a way to fix it. We were determined to get up to date with everything. At one point there was one of us was working on the next challenge, while the other two were filming and taking photos of the robot in action. We were all very proud of ourselves because we have had a lot of trouble in the past with our robot and we were very glad it was working. I have learnt that there is always a way to solve a problem, you just have to be patient.
Week Four Session – Success!!
In this lesson we got our new brick to work! With a little bit of help we managed to upload a program onto the robot. only problem is when we click to start the program it hasn’t done the program it just says the name of the program and the loading screen.
Next we are hopefully going to complete all the challenges and film the robot doing it and upload it onto the blog post. I think we did a very good job getting our robot to finally work.
I think I need to work on taking more photos and videos when we are in our sessions so I can record it on my blog posts.
We worked well together and didn’t give up on the robot when it didn’t work, we would find things to do during that time like doing our blogs or programs. I think that our teamwork was very good.
In lesson 3 Henry, Charlie and I tried to get our robot to upload. It still wasn’t working so we got Mr McKie to restart our Robot, it still wasn’t working so we worked on our programs instead. then in the last lesson of design that day we got a new brick, now we just hope it works.
It is hard to get the robot to do what I need it to do sometimes but there is always a way to solve that problem because it is mechanical. so i need to learn more about how to fix that.
Having these mistakes happen is actually quite helpful because i need to know how to fix these problems if they happen later on in this term/year.
We just kept on trying different ways to solve the problem, getting closer and closer each lesson.
We got to develop our programs, for example if i realised that a certain code piece wasn’t right, I would put in the correct one. it also helped let me find new code pieces, i didn’t know which block was the stop program block but while i was looking around at the different options i found it.
Next we will attempt to use our new brick and hope that we are successful with it and can upload our programs.
In our first lesson of design, Henry, Charlie and I built our robot!. We used Lego pieces that you could mostly find at home (except the engines!) Later on we started to try and create a program.
We each had our own kind of jobs at the start, I was mainly helping with instructions while Charlie was a piece finder, which was very hard because there was always people crowding around trying to find Lego pieces. At first Henry built, then I had a turn, then Charlie did so we all got turn at building.
Learning to program and build robots will help a lot later on in the year if we want to do Lego League or the competitions that Geelong College do. Doing robotics involves team work. I found our team worked very well together as we were focused on the task at hand.
A bad thing is I realised that every time we tried to upload a program onto the robot it wouldn’t come up in the Bluetooth connection area or if we used a USB cord it still wouldn’t work. A good thing is every time I started to create a program, I figured out how to make what I needed to happen, happen!
Sometimes it was frustrating because we got impatient with our robot as it wasn’t uploading but other times it was fun because we get to learn how to program, build and produce robots that can follow lines, speak and do what you need them to do.
I hope that we can get our robot to work and complete the challenges that are needed to be completed so we can move on and begin others.
Above is a link is a video of our first time getting our robot to move. Tom Q helped us.
this is our robot without the brick attached
This week Charlie, Henry and I created our first program and started to try and upload it but we could not upload the program onto the robot which has always been a problem every time we try to upload the program, hopefully we can get it to work. I helped by trying to figure out what would work, connecting using Bluetooth or the USB cord.
Something we need to work on is how to upload our programs onto our robot.
During this lesson I helped by trying to figure out what would work, connecting using Bluetooth or the USB cord.
If anything bad happens we can fix the problem. We tried and tried again to get our programs uploaded but we did not succeed so we went on with our programs.
Next lesson we are going to try and upload this program.
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