Homeschool: iROBOT® CODING – Writing with Root® Lab
Thursdays, October 7-December 16 (no class Nov 25; 10 weeks)
Kids study the basics of computational logic and programming as they learn to code our Root® iRobots® to complete tasks and challenges, troubleshoot coding errors and use robot features, including touch and light sensors. Students are encouraged to bring their own device or laptop, but we have a few to share. All lab costs are included in registration fee.
Instructor: Tina Oresteen, BSc
Location: Discover Science Center Peachtree City
Course fee: $180 OR $20/lab
Early registration (10% off) through August 6
10% sibling discount beginning August 7
Register for full semester or individual labs.
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Robots and Coding Languages – Thursday, October 7
Students are introduced to programming and coding languages and learn about Root® (our iRobot®) and its features as they program it to move and draw.
Algorithms – Thursday, October 14
Students learn about algorithms, create programs that make a paper airplane and code a dance.
Root® Skiing – Thursday, October 21
We explore how our iRobots® move by coding them to collect points, avoid obstacles, and win a race down a ski course.
Touch Sensors – Thursday, October 28
Students transform Root® into a robotic piano by coding responses to its touch and bump sensors.
Writing with Root® – Thursday, November 4
Today, students code Root® to write and create letters on a whiteboard, and program it to automatically write a message.
Troubleshooting Root® – Thursday, November 11
This week, we explore codes with syntax errors to learn how to troubleshoot and fix them as we go on a bug hunt and help Root® debug code to draw the picture that was intended.
Intro to Drawing with Root® – Thursday, November 18
In this coding challenge, we explore how Root® draws pictures, how to create shape wheels and collaborate to make a group picture.
Advanced Drawing – Thursday, December 2
We continue to work with drawing codes as we try to guess the picture Root® will draw by examining the code, and write code to draw pictures.
Obstacle Course – Thursday, December 9
In lab today, we practice collaboration and communication skills to conquer a class robot obstacle course, and create a custom course to challenge each other.
Free Code – Thursday, December 16
Students use coding skills they have learned to design and code robot challenges to share with their friends.
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