Your Daisy troops will get a chance to Design a Robot through this badge. This is the 3rd Badge in the Daisy Robotics series (here’s the link to the 1st Badge: What Robots Do and the 2nd Badge: How Robots Move). Below are a few ideas to get you started.
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Design a Robot Activity Booklet
Before jumping into some ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Design a Robot Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Daisy Badge. Activities include sketching a prototype of a robot assistant, doing a “bug” scavenger hunt, and designing a virtual robot. 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
- Daisy What Robots Do Activity Booklet
- Daisy How Robots Move Activity Booklet
- Bundle all three and save for Daisies (What Robots Do, How Robots Move and Design a Robot Activity Booklet Bundle)
Other Fun Robotics Activities
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.
Rosey is a robot maid who does household chores.
- 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 Design a Robot Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions you can simply print out.
What do we do after your Daisy 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 Daisy 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 Brownie activity booklets from series
- Brownie Programming Robots Activity Booklet
- Brownie Designing Robots Activity Booklet
- Brownie Showcasing Robots Activity Booklet
- Bundle all three and save for Brownie troop (Programming, Designing, and Showcasing Robots 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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