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You Call This a Robot? - Day 3

Discovery Experience 1 - You Call This a Robot?Robotics Learning Objective: The students will learn how basic parts of a robot work by building a robot using either a (1) Lego robotics kit, (2) a VEX robotics kit, or (3) other material.

Day 3   – What is a robot?

Materials and Resources Needed:

  • What is programming?  PPT (TR)Resources
    Incorporate driver operated tasks where the robot is controlled by radio control.


Procedure:

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  1. What is a robot? Activity
    • Students research (1) a definition of a robot, and (2) an example of a robot in today’s society with a picture
    • Students share their definitions with the class
    • Teacher makes a circle on the board, writing words and phrases from definitions
    • Students then use these to construct their own definition of a robot
    • Students then briefly share their examples of robots with the class
  2. Lecture:  What is programming?
    • Teacher loads website
      Think Up or prints out a copy for students
    • Each paragraph coincides with slides from the slide show, so students read a paragraph and then the teacher lectures and fills in information from the PPT  
    • Example of programming language: 
      Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
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  4. In the Student logbook, students reflect on the programming experience and activity
    • Some helpful questions might be:
      • What is hardest about programming?
      • When programming, what kinds of things must you think about?
      • "Programming often uses a lot of trial and error.” Reflect on this statement.
      • Why would it help to write out what you are trying to do before you program it? Why would you suspect organization to be important for programmers?


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