Happy National Robotics Week!

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It’s National Robotics Week from April 4th through the 12th!

National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is a series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the strength and importance of the U.S. robotics industry and of the tremendous social and cultural impact that robotics will have on the future. The mission of RoboWeek is simple — to inspire students in STEM-related fields and to share the excitement of robotics with audiences of all ages. (https://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/)

Here at Scoutlier, we have compiled some exciting sample robotics activities – ALL DIGITAL! No hardware or special kits required. You can adapt your curriculum, existing classroom activities, and any other web resources for online distance learning with our web-based platform or mobile apps. Click here for a short overview of our free online learning platform.

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FREE ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Robots in Healthcare

Picture of a patient with a robot next to hear. The robot has a screen where the doctor can communicate virtually.
Photo from: https://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-01/fda-approves-robot-hospital-use/

The importance of robots in healthcare and other essential fields has been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic that is forcing everyone to work and interact more virtually. In this activity, students read 2 current articles on applications of robotics in healthcare, consider the advantages/disadvantages, and share their ideas for robot designs with  the class.

Click here to preview the activity that you can assign to your Students.    

Requirements

  1. Students need access to a device that is capable of connecting to the internet (computer, tablet or smartphone)

How to Use the Activity: Simply borrow, adapt (optional), and assign the activity

  1. Login to Scoutlier.
  2. Search for “Robots” in the Shared Library tab.
  3. Copy the Assignment. Edit it to suit your needs.
  4. Assign it to your students. The default is to let them work together virtually, but you can also have them work independently for assessment.
  5. Track their work in real time. Coach them as needed. Grade if desired. 

Activity 2: Hour of Code – Program VEX IQ Robots with Blockly

Photo of a buildable VEX IQ Robot
Photo from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/11951610655

Robotics are a great way for students to familiarize themselves with algorithmic thinking and basic concepts in computer science. Thanks to RobotMesh Studio, students can use a virtual model of a robot to explore these concepts without the barrier of access to hardware. In this activity, students use Blockly to program an online mimic of a VEX IQ EDR V5 robot. 

Click here to preview the activity that you can assign to your Students.  

Requirements:

  1. Students need access to a device that is capable of connecting to the internet and running Google Chrome 68 or higher. 

How to Use the Activity: Simply borrow, adapt (optional), and assign the activity

  1. Login to Scoutlier.
  2. Search for “Hour of  Code” in the Shared Library tab. Choose the Hour
  3. Copy the Assignment. Edit it to suit your needs.
  4. Assign it to your students. The default is to let them work together virtually, but you can also have them work independently for assessment.
  5. Track their work in real time. Coach them as needed. Grade if desired. 

MORE FREE ACTIVITIES

Made by you, the Scoutlier Community

Many of your peers are doing creative things for RoboWeek leveraging the Scoutlier platform. These can be found in the Shared Library when you login, some examples are highlighted below. You can use and adapt any of these activities. Please feel free to share your own too. It just takes a single click!

Vex Virtual Robotics and other Robotics Mini Projects

By Brandy Jackson, M Ed. IT, Eisenhower Middle School, FL
Brandybjackson@gmail.com
Twitter @TechTeacher1510

Brandy has created a suite of activities to learn computer science at home without a robot using VECcode VR and Scoutlier. She has put together a website for her student with a lot of great information and resources. 

Click here to preview “Vex Virtual Robotics” one of the many activities Brandy has created for her students on the Scoutlier platform. You can borrow, adapt and assign this activity by searching for it in the Shared Library.