The third QUT (university) workshop we attended was one focused on Lego Mindstorms.
Of the three workshops, this was the very best.
The presenters were brilliant.
They engaged and managed the group excellently
and created an environment that was cooperative and challenging.
Our children LOVED this workshop.
They were working with the EV3 Lego Mindstorm Robot
and had a series of tasks to complete.
Their first task was to create an addition to their vehicle that,
would drive around a setting
clearing debris but avoiding obstacles like buildings and vehicles.
The second task gave the children the skills
to program their vehicles to follow and drive along
specific coloured lines.
The programming isn’t as difficult as you might imagine.
The Lego Mindstorm uses ‘drag and drop’ programming
so there’s no language to learn,
which makes the task very simple.
The children merely need to comprehend what they want their robot to do
and translate that into accurate and precise commands.
The first two workshop tasks taught the children a number of programming skills,
which would be needed in the third task.
The third task was the greatest challenge.
The children had to program their robot,
using the skills they had previously learned,
to drive up a ramp,
continue driving until the vehicle sensed the edge of the structure,
then turn and drive across the structure,
turn again in line with the target,
and finally drive towards the target,
to push on its bar to raise a satellite.
It was a fairly involved task,
which required a lot of adjustments,
but, before long, the three boys had worked it out.
The boys worked together beautifully.
In fact, the presenters gave them very high praise
saying their programming skills were outstanding
their collaborative skills were excellent
and they were very impressed with how quickly and well they completed all of the tasks.
The boys loved this workshop!