If you have a Junior troop they will love working on their Showcasing Robots badge. This is the 3rd Badge in the Junior Robotics series (here’s the link to the 1st Badge: Programming Robots and the 2nd Badge: Designing Robots). Your girls will learn to present their robots and participate in robotics competitions. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
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Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet
Before jumping into some ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Junior Badge. This booklet will have lively activities that will keep the girls playing and learning while earning the Showcasing Robotics Badge. These activities include programming a robot, doing a video presentation, and competing in their own robotics competition! With step-by-step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more about this activity booklet and get yours today!
If you love this badge activity booklet check out the other activity booklets from series
- Programming Robots Activity Booklet
- Designing Robots Activity Booklet
- Bundle all three and save (Programming, Designing, and Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet Bundle)
Other Fun Robotics Activities
See a Real Robotics Competition
Even if your group is not ready to take that step right now, it can be fun to watch a couple videos to see what it’s like.
This is a 1 minute video that shows the high school level robots, so the girls can see the more complex robots they could build when they’re older.
This is a 1 minute video that shows FIRST LEGO League. It’s for grades 4-8 and gives teams a junior experience with the competition, using LEGO Mindstorms robots.
Host Your Own Shark Tank
Practice pitching your robot ideas, shark-tank style!
Start off by showing this video clip from the computer coding startup Bitsbox pitching on the TV Show “Shark Tank.”
(Just watch through the first pitch, 1 min and 8 seconds.)
As the leader, you can be the “Shark” investor to ask questions and give feedback on the girls’ pitches.
Their pitches should include:
- Their name and company name
- One sentence big picture vision
- Value proposition: summarize why a consumer should buy a product or use a service
- Problem you solve
- How you solve it
Code a Dancing Robot- in 2 lines of code!
Start by going to https://bitsbox.com/code.html (Fun side note: this is the platform you just saw being pitched on Shark Tank).
Click “Get Started” and make a “New App”.
The app will appear on the left side of the screen. Type in this code on the right:
r = stamp(‘robot5’,700)
r.tap = dance
When you click the Run button, your robot will appear on the left. Tap the robot to make it dance!
Program and Showcase a Drone
This Parrot Mini Drone is one of the cheapest drones you can get that you can program. Warning: it breaks easily, so make sure your girls handle it with care!
You can download a free app that will enable the girls to use block-based code to control the drone. After they program it, bring in friends and family to watch it in action! Have the girls explain how they are making it work.
If you don’t want to spend the money to buy a robot, our Robotics Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions on how to design a virtual robot. All you need is a computer with internet access.
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