Grade 2

With grade 2 we try to pick projects that will require the students to get their robots to respond to sensor input. Using switches becomes really important here. Some of the projects are especially good for exploring math concepts.


Adaptations

Can you change your robot so it acts like an animal that responds to its environment?  I love this project because it is easy to change the complexity of the challenge so it works with grade 2 all the way up to grade 6 classes.In the earlier grades we have changed it so the students have to make the robot act like an animal in one of Canada's regions. In the older grades we can add much more complexity! Think of it as interpretive dance with robots!


Bees and Flowers

The grade 1/2 classes at Elbow Park School programmed their robots to visit three flowers and return home. This short project worked on estimating distances, spatial relationships, directionality and responding to input.

putting the robots onto the bee board

 Students wrote in their journal every day. Here is some advice and observations from the students:


Farming in Acadia

Students asked, "What would happen if we could go back in time and help the Acadian farmers look after the newly reclaimed farmland?" The Acadian farmers created dykes to create farmland from land formerly covered by seawater. As rains fell, it would dissolve the saly wash the brackish water away to the bottom of the field. The challenge was to create a robot that open a gate to drain the field and close the gate when the tide was coming in.


Number Line Challenges

This project can be adapted for older grade 1 to grade 4 students. See below for more ideas.

Grade 2 students at Sunalta School in Calgary, Alberta were working with a number line and robots. The number line was made with laminated paper with marks 17 cm apart (17 cm is about one rotation or the robot's wheel).