2017 Adventures in Robotics

It has been some time since I last blogged about the experiences in the Apptive Learning Lab. In 2016 I took extended leave to perform the most important job of all, and returned to work for the second semester of 2017. I am still finding a happy balance between mum life and work life, but feel I am now ready to resume a more active role in the blogging scene. This is a retrospective post sharing two of the highlights from the Apptive Learning Lab since my return to work last year. Special thanks to Vanessa Sims @ICTMissSims, my fellow Digital Technologies teacher, for her work in planning the following units.

Over the semester, year three students explored visual and block based programming, with the use of Ozobots and Lego Wedo 2.0.

Students developed their mapping skills by using ozobots as mini guide robots to show visitors around a chosen place. The ozobots were required to highlight three areas of interest on a map of the place, performing special moves at each location, as well as allowing visitors to observe each area carefully by slowing down or pausing.

‚ÄčLinking to a unit on recycling, students were presented with the task of adding to an existing Lego WeDo 2.0 base model to design a prototype for a robot that could sort recyclable materials. While some existing base models could grab or sweep, students needed to combine ideas and invent their own to meet the brief. The following robot collects waste by sweeping it into piles, then grabs certain materials, sorting them into the attached tray.

Students workshopping ideas for their prototype

I am looking forward to more tech adventures in the Apptive Learning Lab in 2018, and sharing them here soon!

About the author

My name is Martina Blake-Beveridge. I have taught in a primary school context for twelve years. For three of those years I taught in lower school classrooms in a BYO iPad school. In 2016 I was appointed to the role of ICT Teacher and Coach, working with students and teachers from Prep to Year Six.

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