Thursday, May 28, 2015

Robotics Challenge

Our class enjoyed a videoconference with the Museum of Flight located in Seattle, Washington.  We learned about the history of robotics, how robots are used in our everyday lives, and the future of robotics.  We were most impressed with learning how the rovers on Mars land safely and about the scientific research the rovers are conducting.  Who knows?  Maybe one of us will travel to Mars in our lifetime.

After the videoconference, we were faced with a robotics challenge.  The students had to build a robot that would move forward and backward, left and right, pick up an object, and be able to store that object onboard the robot.

We had such a great time designing and building our robots.  The students had to use critical thinking skills and troubleshooting when their robot did not work according to plan.

A big round of applause to the Museum of Flight for sparking curiosity with our fourth graders.

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