This week’s lesson was all about getting the participant’s robots ready to detect obstacles and how they do that is by adding an Ultrasonic to their robot. An ultrasonic allows a robot to react to the world around them by sensing obstacles around them and reacting to those obstacles. How a robot reacts to an obstacle varies by what code has been written. The lesson started off with learning all about the ultrasonic and then putting it into practice. At the end of the lesson, all participants had their Ultrasonic tested and working and they are very excited for the next few weeks…
Week 5 Code Club was all about Spheros and it was this week’s task to code a Sphero to make it “Ice Skate” on the Library floor. The aim was to use the drag and drop Sphero coding to complete a routine that put the recent Winter Olympics to shame. And the participants definitely did!
The lesson started off with the participants learning how to code their Sphero and they had to learn the basic codes for several routine moves. It was then up to the participants to put everything they learnt into practice. They could choose everything from the colour of their Sphero to the length of their routine. It was definitely spectacular!
This week in Robotics, the participants continued on with learning how to code their robot to follow a line. This session focused on coding the robots to distinguish between a black and a white line. The challenge for the session was for participants to get their robot to follow a circle and a zigzag line. They first needed to test their colour sensor to get the correct colour reading of the black lines, then code the robot in a way that for as long as it was reading black, it would continue on. The participants enjoyed coding this because they could see that if they used a loop in their code, that the robot would forever continue to do that task. Once they figured out how to code the line, it was then up to coding the robot on the black lined circle. The circle was a tad more difficult as participants had to change the degree on which the robot turned and searched for lines. In the end, everybody was incredibly impressed by what they accomplished.
Welcome to Code Redlands
Code Redlands is a coding and robotics program dedicated to creating a an environment where we can explore, learn and create. With Digital Literacy a new focus for the future, we want to augment digital literacy skills by offering space, technology, and facilitators. We hope to equip the next generations of Queenslanders with STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) skills to find their own place in an increasingly digital world.