Coding Robots Across Vermont

En Route to Vermont’s First Robot Rodeo






Goal: Connecting Vermont Schools in Creative and
Collaborative Coding of Physical Objects

Overview  (see this slide deck)

The basic principle of this project is to connect students across grade levels and across Vermont in a collaborative coding project.  This project will connect classrooms with others participating in the project by sending out a robot or smart object that can be controlled using code on a journey to various classrooms around Vermont. The robot will visit for one month.  the host school will then send the robot to its next locations along its journey.

One month prior to the Rodeo, we’ll send the robot to its final host/trainer. They will prepare the robot to be showcased and share the robot’s adventure at the Robot Rodeo at the conference. Any other schools who were part of the journey is welcomed to join the Rodeo.  

Students will learn that robots come in many shapes, sizes, and form factor.  Most robots are not the human-like science fiction machines we see in movies.  A robot can be  any “mechanical device that is capable of performing a variety of tasks on command or according to instructions programmed in advance.”  Students will explore the robots they receive and use digital resources to learn some basic coding skills to control their robot.

They will document their learning by taking pictures and mini movies of their learning to code the robot. They will tweet OR  post several short character updates along their  journey,  along with one longer blog post per week  that contains pictures, screenshots of code, mini-movies clips, describing their robots adventure.  

By the end of their visit,  the robot and its host will share

  1. one new achievement that was designed and coded by its host
  2. one addition to an ongoing piece of code that grows with each visit

The Robots’ journeys and adventures will be shared using digital tools such as

Students will build skills in

“Leaping off the shoulders of others”

Learn from others. Build on it.  Innovate by adding to or remixing the creation of others

Be inspired by others in your own original creations

Authentic literacy skills develop as you share the journey of your robot and of your own learning.  Consider creating a writing prompt for your students (nonfiction or fictional)

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How to Participate

-->Click Here to  APPLY TO  HOST A ROBOT

Review the robot choices here.



Consider the type of devices you have at your school that can control your robot

Consider the age/grade level of the students who will host the robot

→ Prepare for your Robots Visit


Read up about your robot before it arrives

Watch videos about similar robots before it arrives

Imagine some possible fun activities for your robots visit

Plan your robots visit

Assign roles

        Who will keep track of your robot

        Feed it (Charge it)

        Keep it Safe (Tuck it in safely each night)

        Who will document the visit

                Tweet, blog, take and share pictures/videos

        When will you write/reflect about your robot visit

Who will send your robot to its next location in a timely manner.

-->Host your robot


Explore what your robot can do.  Try various coding apps.
Create an original robot stunt for the rodeo

Contribute to a collaborative robot stunt for the rode (Build on code from others before you)

Document your robots visit

    Tweet, blog, take and share pictures/videos

Mail your robot to its next host

Submit your Code Samples to PROJECT COORDINATOR  ignite@vita-learn.org


-->After your Robot Visit

Teacher in charge should plan to create a blog post sharing some ideas for using this robot.   IMAGINE the possibilities. (math, science, literacy, social studies, literacy, art, etc)
As yourself the big WHY? How might you use this robot in a variety of subject areas.
Student may also want to reflect on their robot’s visit.

Follow your robot on its future adventures. Follow the adventures of other robots.

Students might want to write a persuasive letter to a PTO, donors choose,  or other local funding source for adopting more robots in their school.  Which robot would you adopt and why.  Consider that your funder is looking for optimal learning possibilities.  Which one would help you learn best?  What would you learn?

-->Grow  your Coding Skills (Optional)

Complete one of the CS FIRST themes and submit your digital projects to Vermont Students’ Coding Gallery.

Complete the 20 hour of Code Course as a class

Complete other Coding Curricular project of 20 hours or more. (1 hour per week)

-->Attend Robot Petting Zoo Make-A-Thon (pending)


A Full Day Design experience that uses the skills you gained this year  to create a robotic pet from cardboard, other found material, recycled toys or objects, craft supplies, and programmable motors, lights, sensors.  All Robots will be showcased at a Robot Petting Zoo. TBD  Currently in the works (contingent upon interest)  

Other Options for Codable Robots / Objects

What other  types of objects can I code.  How much do they cost?

MakeyMakey

PC/Chromebook

$100

AT Tiny

PC/Chromebook

50.00

Finch*

PC/Chromebook

99.00

Hummingbird Kit

PC/Chromebook

269.00

Cublet

stand alone

159.00

Moss 1600

stand alone

199.00

Make!Sense

PC/Chromebook

78.00

WINK and RINGO

PC/Chromebook

200.00

OzzoBot*

stand alone / tablet

114.00

Dash Dot*

tablet

200.00

Arduino UNO

PC/Chromebook

99.00

Yourduino

PC/Chromebook

100.00

Sphero*

tablet

129.00

Ollie*

tablet

99.00

BB-8*

tablet

149.00

Arduino Bean

PC/Chromebook

Tablet

60.00

LilyPad Kit

PC/Chromebook

100.00

PicoBoard

PC

100.00

Spider Drone

tablet

99.00


Contact Lucie deLaBruere  Vita-Learn IGNITE Coordinator for more info

Ignite@vita-Learn.org         (802) 557 0013