Ro­bot romp for St Augie’s kids

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

TO in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of com­puter sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers and in­ven­tors the STEM Lab at St Au­gus­tine’s has in res­i­dence two kinds of amaz­ing ro­bots.

The Ozobots are tiny and cute ro­bots pro­grammed to de­tect colour. They light up, flash­ing the colour they are trac­ing and fol­low lines and can per­form many dif­fer­ent ac­tions.

The Preps-Year 2 had the op­por­tu­nity to play with in­cred­i­ble lit­tle ma­chines and cre­ate their own pat­terns for the Ozobots to fol­low.

It was lots of fun with stu­dents join­ing their pat­terns to­gether and rac­ing the lit­tle light sen­sors around some very in­ter­est­ing pat­terns.

We talked about how robotics can be used in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of our daily life and how they can help to make our lives eas­ier.

Next week we are in­tro­duc­ing the cod­ing sys­tem by which the Ozobots op­er­ate and will be us­ing these to make the Ozobots per­form moves and even play ten­pin bowls.

Years 3-6 were lucky enough to ex­plore the world of Spheros, a seem­ingly magic ball that com­pletes mis­sions by per­form­ing in­cred­i­bly en­gag­ing move­ments, sounds and light shows.

This ro­bot re­quires com­mands on an iPad which of course stu­dents eas­ily man­aged us­ing their press “now think about it later” skills.

The stu­dents were able to make the Sphero sneeze, cry like a cat, over­load (this means the ball shakes like its lost its mind), jump, spin, turn, not to men­tion change colours. Stu­dents were given one re­stric­tion to keep the Sphero in their des­ig­nated area.

Next week the Year 3-6 must de­sign a pro­gram to per­form in their al­lot­ted square to show all of the other stu­dent groups.

If the ro­bot leaves the square they are dis­qual­i­fied. We am so look­ing for­ward to this chal­lenge.

Top: Prep­pie Milla Flinn and Ozobot

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