Have your girls ever been interested in robot development? If your looking for ideas to learn how to create and design, make robots move, and learn about the life of a robot with your girls, you have come to the right place. Using some of these activities below to teach your girls how to design their own virtual robot!
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
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Create And Design Activity Booklet
Before jumping into some ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use this Activity Booklet which includes sketching a prototype of a robot assistant, doing a “bug” scavenger hunt, and designing a virtual robot.
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Other Fun Activities To Try
Watch a robot that can survive lava
To help girls understand how different robots can look, watch this video about Dante 2, an eight-legged walking machine that can explore places that are too dangerous for people. The video includes footage from field trials as it explores the depths of an active volcano in Alaska.
After watching the video or even just the beginning of the video, girls can discuss:
- Why do you think the robot designers made it an eight-legged machine?
- Why is this job better for a robot to do, rather than a human?
- What else do you think you could use this robot for?
Navigate an obstacle course
Using items around the house, build an obstacle course. For example, you can make a wall of pillows or toilet paper rolls or lined up chairs.
Then pair the girls, with one being a blindfolded “Robot” and the other being the Coder. The Coder has to give the Robot precise, verbal instructions to navigate through the obstacle course without using her eyes.
After doing the course, you can reflect on it with questions like:
- What was the hardest part of this exercise?
- What could you change about the design of the Robot to make this easier to do? For example, if the Robot was only the size of a mouse, or if the Robot had a camera sensor or a proximity sensor to tell when it was going to walk into something.
Practice giving feedback
One of the requirements of this badge is to give feedback. It can be hard to give feedback to friends, especially critical feedback. One way to get girls to practice this skill is to have them give feedback about famous robots.
- What about Rosey’s design do you like?
- How would you improve it?
Program a cute Cubetto
Cubetto is one of the most expensive, but beautifully designed robots for this age group. Kids put coding tiles on the control board, which uses Bluetooth to connect to the robot. It looks and feels like a simple wooden toy.
Cubetto costs $275. In addition to the robot and control board, it comes with multiple play mats that are made with durable, easy-to-clean fabric. The mats also happen to be compatible with BeeBots (the distance for one step is the same), so if you can get even more use out of them.
If you don’t want to spend the money to buy equipment, our Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions you can simply print out.
What do we do after your girls complete the activities?
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, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader. Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.
Related Activities For Multi-level Troops
If you have a multi-level troop you may want to use one of the variations to this program that is geared toward the age of your girls.
2nd – 3rd grade activities:
- Create And Design Robots Activities
- Build And Program Robots Activities
- Present And Show off Robots Activities
4th – 5th grade activities:
- Creating And Designing Robots Activities
- Build And Program Robots Activities
- Present And Show Off Robots Activities
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