Week 6: Robot Decoration

For week 6 we got a little crazy with some mixed-media Lego decoration!

The LEAP Americorps crew had a wonderful workshop with Wonderarts and learned about the fun and educational value of incorporating are into, well…everything!

Who says robots can’t have some flair?!

Not these kids.

Rose: Oh the creativity!

Bud: Hopefully getting to decorate robots can make programming and tech stuff more accessible to kids who might not think they fit in to the “sciencey” scene.

Thorn: Lots of clean up.

 

 

Week 5: Using Color Sensors and Switch Blocks

This week was pretty exciting.

The Lego Mindstorm kits come with a color sensor. The sensor can detect different colors or changes in color, and can be programmed to do different tasks, using the switch block, using the imput from the sensor.

I made a maze using a thick black line and some different color swatches that the kids had to navigate. 

Rose: The kids really liked using the sensors to detect different colors.

Bud: Will they someday work for Google designing self-driving cars? Maybe!

Thorn: Some of the sensors were a bit glitchy and did not work as well as expected.

Week 4: Driving in a Square With a Loop Block

This week the kids dove in to a bit of programming.

 They were tasked with using a Loop Block to program their robots to drive in a square. 

Lego Mindstorm

Rose: It was awesome to see the kids program the motors using rotations versus seconds and watching them get the hang of using the program pallet.

Bud: I can’t wait to see how they will use the loop block in future projects.

Thorn: The only thorn from this week was that most groups finished the task pretty quickly so they needed a tougher challenge!