Unit 4 – Break It to Make It: Learning about maker spaces through robotics ADVANCED

Welcome!

We are going to spend a few  weeks learning how to program robots and then show off what we know in a competition.

For this unit we are using the Edison Robot which is pretty easy to program, but which is also capable of doing some very complex things. Here is what it can do:

  • Respond to light and sound
  • Follow lines and avoid obstacles
  • Communicate with other Edison robots
  • Connect to other Edison robots and LEGO bricks

The Challenges

You will be learning how to program your Edison first by learning some of the basics. Then, you and your fellow students will be working to complete two challenges.

 

The Dance Off Challenge

In the Dance Off Challenge, you will program your robot to dance to a song of your choosing. The song must last at least two minutes. It must also make use of at least one of the robot's sensors. In other works, it must dance and respond to changes in its environment. You will then upload your code, a video of your robot dancing, and a reflection to Pace Commons. For this challenge, you will use the Edison's Scratch app.

The Dealer's Choice Challenge

In the The Dealer's Choice Challenge, you will program your robot to do something of your own choosing. It should show off your programming skills and be cool, innovative, and creative. You will then upload your code, a video of your robot dancing, and a reflection to Pace Commons. For this challenge, you will use Edison's Python app.

 

The Robotics Project

Here is what we will be up to each week of the project.

Week 1: Introduction to the Edison - Scratch

  1. Introduction to this robotics program.
  2. Introduction to the Edison.
  3. Basics of programming your Edison.

NOTE - You are NOT expected to try out every single activity in the tutorials. Just do what you need to to feel comfortable with your Edison.

Week 2: More Edison Programming - Python

  1. More basics of Edison programming.
  2. Planning for your Dance-Off Challenge.
  3. Decide on a song for the Dance Off and begin planning your dance routine.

NOTE - You are NOT expected to try out every single activity in the tutorials. Just do what you need to to feel comfortable with your Edison.

 

Week 3: The Dance Off Challenge

  1. Complete your Dance Off challenge programming.
  2. Document your great work (upload code, photos, video)
  3. Decide on a Dealers Choice challenge and begin planning your programming.

Week 4: The Dealer's Choice Challenge

  1. Completing the Dealer's Choice Challenge (and reflection)
  2. Document your great work (upload code, photos, video)
  3. Celebrating your new robotics skills.

This work is due to be completed by Friday, May 3rd. Be sure to stay connected with your classmates throughout the project. Use the tag: #robotics2019 for all of your postings.

Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Here is the online home for CS for Teachers at Pace University for Spring 2019.