Ignite a Discussion
An autonomous wheeled robot is a common type of mobile robot. Although they’re not yet common in homes, they’re used extensively in factories and warehouses around the world to automate tasks. The most basic task any wheeled robot should be able to do is to use its motors to make precise and controlled movements.
Watch the unit video and start a discussion about the role wheeled robots can play in automating tasks. Ask relevant questions, like:
- How could wheeled robots be configured and programmed to do specific tasks?
- What kinds of movements should they be able to make?
- How could they safely work together with human workers?
Teacher Observation Checklist
Create a scale that matches your needs, for example:
- Partially accomplished
- Fully accomplished
Use the following success criteria to evaluate your students’ progress:
- Students can select appropriate blocks for making controlled movements.
- Students can change the parameters of blocks in iterative ways.
- Students can stack appropriate Move Blocks together to create programs.
Have each student choose the level that they feel best represents their performance.
- Bronze: I’ve made the Driving Base move in one way.
- Silver: I’ve made the Driving Base move in different ways.
- Gold: I’ve created a program to move the Driving Base forward 84 cm/33 in.
- Platinum: I’ve used math to create a program to move the Driving Base forward exactly 84 cm/33 in.