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Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 3 – Programming and Robotics (Ashley G.) (Rising 3rd/4th)

Posted by on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Where has the time gone?! We only have two days left, and so many more exciting things to learn and do. Today was a great day for problem solving and debugging code. The students quickly jumped into tweaking code and trying to figure out “Hey, why did my Sphero do that?” during the Maze Challenge. I was so impressed by their ability to think through the next step in the process or code.  They were so excited when thier Sphero was able to finish the maze!
Then we watched a video on Ted Talk “Coding: By a Kid, for Kids”. A 11-year-old boy, Krisha Mehra. is a computer programmer. He challenged everyone around the world to learn some code and provided free places to learn code such as code.org and Scratch. We spent some time talking about everyone’s experience with coding before this class, and ways for them to continue with coding. Then I explain a little about FIRST Robotic Competitions, and showed them several videos of the robots built by Ladybot’s 9912 who compete at State Level at FIRST Competitions. We discussed the different design ideas and explained how much testing and debugging takes place before they have a successful robot to compete.
Then we spent the afternoon on the EV3 robots.  Again, they applied their engineering minds to finish the built of the EV3. They added the color and touch sensors along with the lift. They successfully tested the color sensor with the lift. Tomorrow students will program the touch sensor and have the robot drive.