One boy in particular was able to look at all the pieces and put together the robot only occasionally referring to the instructions. It has been interesting watching him construct, deconstruct, problem solve and also help others. A subsequent discussion with his mum revealed that he loves deconstructing and constructing anything that involves ‘doing’ and ‘making’. As a teacher, the robots gave him the opportunity to show me how gifted he was with assembling, fixing and even testing out different ways of using the robots through the app.
Some students have been intrigued with how the magnetic black track works and tried to explain why it could go on the on the track. They thought there was a sensor in the robot “somewhere”.
What the kids thought!
“I liked the robot I played with because it could sense where something was and it would turn around and go another way. That’s a cool trick!”
“I like controlling the robots with the remote”
“They can do tricks like sense where they are going”
“I helped to make one of them but I found it a bit hard”
“It was fun building the body part. I stuck with it for ages”
“Putting them together was the best part because it was complicated and challenging”
“We had to work together to figure out how to make it go”
“I showed my teacher how to make it go forward and around”
And a suggestion for improvement:
“Sometimes it was frustrating because the screws on the wheels kept falling off. Also the rubber caterpillar track kept coming off”