Robot romp for St Augie’s kids
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