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 robots move!
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
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Make Robots Move Activity Booklet
Before jumping into some ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use this Activity Booklet with engaging exercises that teach girls what makes robots move.
These activities include a play robot exercise, creating sequence puzzles, and solving logic games. With step-by-step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!
Be sure to also checkout these other activities your girls will love:
Other Fun Activities To Try
Meet the world’s most huggable robot
Huggable is an app-controlled, bear-shaped robot designed by the MIT Media Lab. It was created to help young patients fight cancer. In the video, you see the robot interacting with a patient and bringing her delight.
Huggable’s desginers talk about how they designed the bear to be cute and interactive. For example, it can sense pressure, like how much a child is pressing down on its nose. It can talk and ask and answer questions.
After watching this 5 minute video, your group can discuss:
- What is special about Huggable?
- When you are nervous, do you have a special stuffed animal that helps you feel better?
- What would make Huggable even better?
Build a friendship bracelet
- Each girl draws or writes a precise description of the bracelet they want to be made. (e.g., String one red bead, string one black bead…)
- Then they partner up. Each girl has a turn giving verbal instructions while the other girl plays robot, trying to construct the bracelet that is being described. The “robot” is not allowed to see what the final product is supposed to look like!
- Compare what the robot created and what the original sketch had. If there is something that doesn’t match, how could you have been more clear with your instructions?
Play Simon Says, robot-style
Simon Says is a fun game for this age group. You can make this “robot style” by turning it into “Coder says” or “Programmer says” and the girls who are following the instructions are the robots.
This reminds girls that robots only know what to do whatever the Coder / Programmer says. With Artificial Intelligence technology improving rapidly, many young kids think robots have a mind of their own, like a person. This game reinforces the concept that originally a person — just like them! — decides how a robot will react to its environment and act.
Navigate a robot bee
Like the Robot Mouse, Beebot has buttons on its body that allow kids to program a sequence of movement commands. It has the same Forward / Backward / Turn Left / Turn Right buttons, and also has a Wait button. The icons on the Turn buttons are more clear because they look different from the Forward / Backward buttons. (One of the most common mistakes by kids is thinking the Turn Left button makes the robot move left, instead of just turning.)
The main things we like about Beebot are that it seems more durable. We haven’t had any break on us (*knock on wood*), and they use rechargeable batteries that you can plug into a USB port. That way you don’t always need to be searching for a new set of batteries!
It is more expensive; BeeBot costs about $90, The mats that Beebot can navigate (e.g., an Alphabet grid so kids can program their names, etc.) are an additional purchase, though you could make your own.
If you don’t want to spend the money to buy equipment, our Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions with activities that don’t require any technology.
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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