|Name of Activity||Think Like A Robot|
|Author||Esha John (Created by Chandni Sanariya and Laura Nixon)|
|Keywords||human, robot, human robot, instructions, task, command, program, loop, instructions, 1 Hour Total|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||This activity can be done as as introduction to ROBOLAB. It can be combined with a
simple programming exercise. It involves one instructor acting like a robot. The goal
of the activity is to give him/her clear and concise commands in order to complete a
simple task(example : following a line).
|Lesson Objectives:||To teach students how a computer/robot thinks. Thus, students learn how a
programmer must think in order to program effectively.
|Materials Needed:||black tape (for line following)
any other props (for different tasks)
|Preparation and Set Up:||If line following is the task that the human robot must be programmed to do,
mark a line of tape across the floor.
Other tasks might include walking in a square, staying in a box, etc.
|Necessary Background||Think of what kind of specific instructions might be needed to get a robot to perform
the chosen task. Brainstorm how it might react to inaccurate or incomplete instructions.
|Procedure||For Line Following Paste a line of tape across the floor. Explain to the students that a robot cannot think for itself and it needs very specific instructions from them the programmers. Give them a few examples of poor instructions. (Example: asking a robot to walk forward, without pointing it in a specific direction or telling it for how long it should walk forward). Enact how the robot will act after reading these poor instructions. Split the students into groups and ask them to make a list of instructions as detailed and specific as possible, which will make a robot follow the line of black tape on the ground. Have them test their instructions, by enacting how a real robot might respond to their instructions. Have them rewrite the instructions and retest them.|