Year 5 and 6 Digital Technologies: Digital Systems
Examine the main components of common digital systems, and how such digital systems may connect together to form networks to transmit data (VCDTDS026)
Year 5 and 6 Digital Technologies: Creating Digital Solutions
Design, modify and follow simple algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (VCDTCD032)
Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs (VCDTCD033)
Year 7 and 8 Digital Technologies: Digital Systems
Investigate how data are transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks (VCDTDS035)
Year 7 and 8 Digital Technologies: Creating Digital Solutions
Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, and trace algorithms to predict output for a given input and to identify errors (VCDTCD042)
Develop and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions using a general-purpose programming language (VCDTCD043)
Success Criteria: I can successfully write an algorithm to allow a robot to make a shape and to navigate through a maze. I can pair a BlueBot with an iPad, so that we can operate the robot remotely. I can design a robot that performs a specific task, such as pollinating flowers or searching an area.
Today’s class has four activities for you to complete:
- What are robots useful for? Think, Pair and Share. Go to this Robot Padlet and type your answers on to the wall.
- Complete the National Geographic Robot Challenge. Design a bee robot to pollinate flowers or a sea-going robot to clean up the Great Ocean Garbage Patch.
- Open the BlueBot app on the iPads and choose “Challenge” mode to navigate the BlueBot to the target and around obstacles.
- How do we control BlueBot robots? Find out what the seven buttons do and how you can navigate the robots through a maze. What instructions do these robots understand?
Year 5/6 students left comments below after spending an afternoon with the BlueBots.
Advice for Teachers:
- The free BlueBot app is only available for tablets (iPads in the Apple store and Windows tablets on Google Play) and can be used without pairing to the BlueBot.
- Only tablets with the latest operating system allow the user to pair the devices with bluetooth and operate the BlueBot remotely.
- Once the BlueBot and the tablet are paired successfully, you can choose “Explore” and “45 degree turns” to increase the functionality of the robots.
- Getting started with BlueBot is an excellent resource for finding out all the functions that can be performed once the BlueBot is paired with a device.