EdBot goes to the Club

Here is the video of the EdBot dancing in his very own "Club Ed". Apologies to Genesis for borrowing their song.

https://vimeo.com/333239330

Reflection:

What a great little robot! It has a huge amount of capability built into its tiny little shell. The first thing that surprised me was the audio cable interface - but then I thought about it and realized how brilliant - audio chips take up far less room and create far less heat than USB ports, and they're cheaper and easier to fabricate. Brilliant. Another reason why audio is a good touch is because many schools either disable their USB ports (so students cannot upload viruses) or  use IPads with students, which obviously don't have USB ports. So clever engineering solutions that meet the needs of students and educators - a WIN!

In terms of programming - I found EdScratch to be simple to use and learn, and did not even go through the tutorials because the blocks and interfaces were so familiar from our other explorations.  Instead, I focused on the integration of the Lego Technics blocks with the EdBot. The Edbot's Lego-compatible feature is very appealing to me as a user and as an educator because it releases even more creative possibilities with this little machine. I created this humanoid creature as featured above, but my original design actually had a level that connected to the wheels so that as the wheels turned, the head bobbed up and down. It was great fun to watch, but not stable enough for a 2 minute dance-a-thon, so I revised the design. 

As for the sensors - they are extremely sensitive - which surprised me as when holding and looking at the bot it does not seem very sophisticated. I discovered you can reset the obstacle sensors to be less or more sensitive if you download the barcode book, and then follow the instructions. It took a few tries, but I was able to decrease the obstacle sensors on each side. I may be using that feature in the next challenge.

I love the switch to reflective and non-reflective sensing for the line sensor - I had to use both because the dance floor I created was a non reflective surface, but the glass table created enough of a contrast to be registered by the line sensor, so I the double coding is to overcome that challenge. All in all - easy to program, fun to code, and amazing capabilities.

All in all, I am grateful to have been introduced to this robot, as it is something that can easily be integrated into the classroom setting and is not expensive - a huge plus for my school.

Oh! Here's my code:

 

CodeforDance Challenge

 

    • Alicia DelMastro
      Alicia DelMastro

      Awesome, Suzie!!!! I love this :) 

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Suzie,

        This is really, really neat. 

        Are you able to have such precise movements because of the use of the line sensors?
         

        You have definitely taught me a lot about the Edison.

        Dr. A.

        • Susan Granata
          Susan Granata

          The Edison is extremely well designed - the only thing I would change is the location of the switch to turn it on - because it's on the bottom, and with my next project it became cumbersome to turn it on and then set it off and reset it. 

          The sensors on this robot are much more sophisticated and sensitive than the MBot - making this bot both easier and harder to calibrate. However - calibration is a matter of scanning a barcode and then pressing a few buttons, so well within the capabilities of elementary school students.

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