If you have a Brownie troop they will love working on their Showcasing Robots badge. This is the 3rd Badge in the Brownie Robotics series (here’s the link to the 1st Badge: Programming Robots and the 2nd Badge: Designing Robots). Your girls will learn to showcase and compete with robots. 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 Brownie Badge. This booklet has presentation activities and competitions that teach girls how to showcase robots. These activities include making a slideshow, presenting, and doing a robot 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 Brownie 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
Watch a Master Presenter
One of the core themes of the Showcasing Robots badge is learning presentation skills. You can kick this off by having the girls watch arguably the most famous technology presenter of all time: Steve Jobs, founder of Apple.
This is a video of Jobs presenting the original iPad. This video was filmed when the iPad was just launching as a revolutionary new mobile device. We recommend starting at 6:21 minutes.
As the girls watch the video, they can take notes on the questions below:
- What do you think was effective about Steve Jobs’ presentation?
- What did you notice about his posture and how he moved?
- How would you describe his voice and tone?
Improv– short for improvisation– might seem like an odd recommendation for a robotics badge, but it’s a great way for the girls to warm up to performing and presenting.
- Girls stand in a circle. One girl begins by asking another girl by name to list 7 things that ______. The question that fills in the blank should be simple and easy (i.e. things you bring to beach, things you eat for breakfast, etc.).
- The rest of the people in the circle simultaneously shout “Ahhhh!”, in anticipation of the answers, and then proceed to shout “Yes!” after each answer.
- The circle of girls will count the seven answers and will clap to indicate the end of the round.
- The girl who just answered will then ask a new 7 things that ____ to another student in the circle by name.
Whatever improv activity you do, here’s some key things to keep in mind:
- Get the girls used to saying things out loud.
- No wrong answers.
- Practice supporting each other (Instead of rejecting things, always use “Yes, and…”).
- Continue until all students have gone.
Learn about Hardware vs. Software
This great video explains the relationship between software and the hardware it controls. Robots are an example of hardware.
This is actually part of a series of videos made by Code.org. If you have more time, continue to explore the other videos on YouTube.
One awesome feature of these videos is they include lots of female engineers!
Make a programmable LEGO robot
Many robotics competitions for older students use LEGO Mindstorms robots. This LEGO Boost robot is like its younger sibling.
It’s great for younger kids who love LEGO because they can build 5 different robots using the same set of blocks. There are many pieces (847!), so it’s a lot to keep track of.
You use their app on a tablet and put together coding blocks to program the robots. It’s entirely visual, which can be fun but frustrating at times when there are icons that aren’t as intuitive.
It’s $140 on Amazon, which is a lot less expensive than the LEGO Mindstorms set.
If you don’t want to spend the money to buy equipment, our Robotics Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions on how to design robots. All you need are pencils and paper!
What do we do after your Brownie girls complete the badge?
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, date and troop leader. Click here to get a complete set of Girl Scout Brownie badge and journey certificates.
Related Badges For Multi-level Troops
If you have a multi-level troop you may want to earn the Robot badges with another group level. Here is what is available from the shop.
Check out the Daisy activity booklets from series
- Daisy What Robots Do Activity Booklet
- Daisy How Robots Move Activity Booklet
- Daisy Design a Robot Activity Booklet
- Bundle all three and save for Daisies (What Robots Do, How Robots Move and Design a Robot Activity Booklet Bundle)
Check out the Junior activity booklets from series
- Junior Programming Robots Activity Booklet
- Junior Designing Robots Activity Booklet
- Junior Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet
- Bundle all three and save for Junior troop (Programming, Designing, and Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet Bundle)
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