Today, the Sorrel Superstars finished building and programming their doors. Today, the students got a chance to showcase their robots to the class. And it was a big success. MOST of the doors, worked like they were suppose to. Some did not, but that gave way to a great discussion about how every invention does not work the first time, the second time or even the tenth time. Engineers are problem solvers and part of the fun working with the building and programming of the robots is working through the problems. We are thinking like scientists.
We had a variety of models and versions of the door. Some worked by pushing the touch sensor. Others were triggered by sound or distance. Some doors had lights to add to the design of the door. Some students decided to relocated the touch sensor on the door, so it made more sense when opening the door. Some students wrote music that played when the door opened. Other doors had fun commands. There was even one door that was a trick door, it pretended it "malfunctioned" and then laughed and opened the rest of the way. The students were creative and had fun.
I was very impressed with all of the students and the quality of work they put into their robots. I look forward to working with Mrs. Sorrell's class in the spring when we get to build and program a truck!
Continuing to develop the whole child....