On Monday, we stayed in class and made robot hands out of cardboard, straws and rubber bands. It was hard to stick the rubber bands to the cardboard but it was a lot of fun, especially when we made them move by pulling on the string that we threaded through the straws. Next we went to the computer room where Mr. Bennett showed us to use Lego Designer to design our own robots. We were able to change the colour and movement of the robot. After lunch, we made 3 robots, Homo Sapiens 1 and 2, dance and move around the room. When we had made up a dance routine, we filmed it using an IPad. The last activity for Monday was making a robot from Lego.
The next day we visited PCSA where they showed films of how robots are used in different ways and Mr. Aplin told us that robots make a car every 57 seconds which is amazing. The first activity for our group was to make a Scribblebot out of a plastic base, a motor, wires and batteries. It was fiddly to make but with a little help, we were all able to make one. It was fantastic when it worked as it made colourful circles and scribbles on paper. In the afternoon, we worked in our group, using the Nexus 7s, to research robots through the years.
On Wednesday, we all went back to PCSA to build a huge robot collage. We all had a piece of the robot which we glued onto card and then we decorated our bit. There was all kinds of paper - shiny, glitter, corrugated, tissue and lots more. Miss Parsons showed us how to trace the patterns onto the coloured paper. Our littel pages did not make sense on their own but when we put them together we coiuld see the amazing robot we had all been working on.
It was back to PCSA again on Thursday to make a dinosaur whose jaws move. This was different to the two other groups as they made a robotic arm. We really enjoyed doing something different. It was tricky, especially filling the syringes with water which made the jaws move up and down.
It was a really exciting week!!!!!
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