Even the youngest Girl Scouts can learn about robots! If you have a Daisy troop, they have a wide range of activities they can do to earn the “What Robots Do” badge. This is the 1st Badge in the Daisy Robotics series (here’s the link to the 2nd Badge: How Robots Move and the 3rd Badge: Design a Robot). Your girls will learn the basics of robotics. Below are a few ideas to get you started. We partnered with CodeSpeak Labs, which specializes in computer science education for kids, to bring you these resources.
What Robots Do Activity Booklet
Before jumping into some ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the What Robots Do Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Daisy Badge. This booklet has interactive exercises that teach girls what robots are and how they work. These activities include a comic read aloud story, learning a robot sing-a-long, and designing a 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 How Robots Move Activity Booklet
- Daisy Design a Robots 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 video of robotic pets
Watch this video of the cutest robots being used today. Not only are they adorable, but they help comfort elderly patients with dementia.
There are robotic cats, dogs, and even baby seals!
After watching this 4 minute video, your group can discuss:
- Why do you think robotic pets are helpful to patients?
- Why do you think some families of patients are reluctant to have their loved ones use the robotics pets?
- Would you want a robotic pet? Why or why not?
Learn about a pioneering female engineer
A wonderful way to get girls thinking about what they can do with robotics and engineering is to introduce them to iconic female pioneers in the field.
Grace Hopper– also known as “Amazing Grace”– was one of the first computer programmers. She lived from 1906-1992. You can read more about her here.
There’s also an illustrated Children’s Book about Grace called Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code. The book includes a memorable anecdote about how Grace and her team discovered the world’s first computer “bug”– an actual moth that was stuck in the computer! We now call mistakes in our computer code “bugs”.
Code a basic robot
Code-a-Pillar is probably the simplest programmable robot on the market today. It works by assembling and disassembling the segments of the caterpillar, each of which has a specific command. By constructing it in the correct formation, the girls can make the Code-a-Pillar reach targets or simply do a musical tour around the house. It’s loud and flashy, and seems like something that would come out of the Disneyland Electrical Parade.
If your troop has mostly 5 year olds, they’ll get a kick out of it. You can order it for $35. If your troop is a bit older, I recommend you keep reading and check out Robot Mouse below.
Help Robot Mouse get to the cheese
Robot Mouse is one of our favorite coding toys for young kids.
Using Robot Mouse, students program instructions using the buttons on Robot Mouse’s back.
What we like:
- It’s a great way for young kids to learn coding concepts without screen time.
- The mouse actually moves! Sometimes Robot Turtles and other board games aren’t as exciting to students because they don’t move.
- It comes with a set of tiles you can configure into mazes of increasing difficulty.
- There aren’t too many small pieces. The most critical part (the robot) is big and easy for small hands to manipulate.
- It’s not too expensive (<$40 on Amazon).
The main con is that they’re not that durable. Sometimes after repeated use, the robot will stop turning correctly or move at an angle– and even a slight error has an impact on the experience because the kids are programming the mice very precisely to complete the maze.
Your girls will love “pranking” people by programming the mouse to sneak up on people!
If you don’t want to spend the money to buy equipment, our What Robots Do Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions with activities that don’t require any technology.
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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