RoboPets TLC at Glen Huon

We have all just managed to make a robopet who responds to pats and gets sad when it’s not getting enough pats.

This challenge was the hardest, it took two 2hr sessions to finish – first session we managed to all make a pet that counts pats and counts down, and the second session we spent trying to program the second response – we found that they either stuck on one response or the other (happy & sad) or they flicked from one to the other crazily. We also had problems where the images wouldn’t show, or the numbers wouldn’t display.

We overcame these problems by putting the second response in it’s own loop, checking that all the little pull down cords were connected in the right spots, unchecking the erase box for the number display and adding an erase screen section in front of our image changes.

Some students enjoyed adding their own flavour to the task – Morgan (a new student in our group who has caught up very fast) programmed his pet to behave like a cat – where it would be sad when pats were less than 0, happy when pats reached 5, and then hiss angrily when pats went over 10!

I’ve attached a screen shot of a pet that worked well, in case it’s helpful for others working through this task, I’m sure there were several ways to make this work and some things we could improve on!

We’re really looking forward to making our own unique robopets, there’s already a RoboChicken in the works 🙂  Next week we’ll also start thinking about making a video for Google, to see if we can win a grant to enter the First Lego League and get a new Mindstorms kit, we only have 2 at the moment with a group of 9 kids!

Thanks for a great program, Jess & the Team 🙂

Glen Huon Primary Smartbots

Hi Mr E, we’re checking in a bit late!

We have a group of 8 students, and we’ve been working through the program. We’re up to RoboPets and we’ve all made a cockroach program. Here is what our students have to say:

Mary: “I really like the hands-on part, and how you get to add your own ideas in to what you create.”

Daniel: “I love how you can make it move and sounds, just do what you want it to do.”

Dominic: “I like how it’s a drag tool like scratch. It makes it easy and familiar.”

Liam: ” I’ve enjoyed helping teach other people.”

Paige: “I like how you can add your own thoughts and ideas into what you create.”

Chris: “It’s fun learning how to program”

From now on we’ll be documenting our progress better, the program is excellent and the kids are engaged and enthusiastic, learning very fast! They are great at co-operating, since we only have 4 computers and 2 robots!

Cheers, Jess Black and the team