Troop 52843 recently completed the “Designing, Programming, and Showcasing Robotics” badges at the Brownie and Junior levels. The girls learned about biomimicry while building a simple robotic arm and then designed a robot that can assist others or animals. The girls presented to their parents and each other during their April meeting. Way to go girls!
Our troop of 24 first and second grade girls was eager to earn the new Robotics badges this year!
First, we learned about what robots are and what they do. We each thought of a problem we could solve with a robot and brought recyclable materials from home to build our robot prototypes.
Next, we visited a bowling alley and got to take a behind-the-scenes tour of a very old robot – a pinsetter! Of course, we also had some fun bowling with our troop after we learned up close about how pinsetters and ball returns work.
Finally, we invited the owner of Bricks For Kidz to help us program our own robots. We were provided with parts and instructions to build a Lego seal. We used Lego power function motors in our build, so that we could hook them up to a laptop. At the laptop, we used drag-and-drop software to program our Lego seals to move!