Friday Volunteer April 25th

Posted by Doris on May 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Today we went to the Pickleweed Community Center, and taught 4th and 5th graders to build a robot that can move. Today's group was the older age group. First we divided the students into groups of three, and divided up the tasks. In our group, two of the children worked on the wheels, and the other one worked on the wings. Most the students wanted to build the elements by themselves, so we only helped them with the details. After they each built a part of the robot, we collected them, and put them together. We went to the gym ahead of them to test the robot, having already designed a path for them to race with. Unfortunately, the robot kept shutting down after running for only a few minutes. Our solution to the problem was that we would walk with the robot, so that the controller and the robot could always be connected. Then the students came into the gym and Vicky showed them how to use the controller. Because the robot still frequently shut down by itself, only one group could finish the path. After that we decided to play games with the students. This week I felt that the students were much more active. This was probably either because they have become familiar with us or because they really liked building their own robot. Either way, we really had a fun time.

 

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