Project Description

mBot Robotics Programming

Meet friendly mBot, a STEM educational robot that helps to teach coding and robotics. Drag-and-drop graphical programming makes learning Arduino easy and crazy-fun!

  • Level: Available for Level 3 to Level 6

  • Duration: Available in a 90 minute format only.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC

  •  Cost: $380 plus GST per 90 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • The three basic parts of a robot.

  • What distinguishes a robot from a machine (e.g., sensors).

  • Robots can not think for themselves. They are not smart and need to be programmed with a set of step-by-step instructions.

  • mBot has various sensors including a line following and ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles.

  • mBlock software can be used to create simple programs for mBot to execute. It is based on Scratch 2.0.

  • Sequential thinking is needed to create successful programs for robots.

Activities

  • Students program the workshop presenter to perform a simple task. Programming language needs to be very specific and sequential in nature.

  • Students work as a class to create their first program using a set of command cards.

  • Students work in pairs to use the drag-n-drop mBlock software to create programs to move their mBot forward and back a set distance, to turn a set number of degrees, and to use combinations of these movements to move through a maze.

  • Students learn how to program mBot to turn on and flash its coloured LED lights.

  • Students learn how to program mBot to use its sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, or to sound an alarm when the light reaches a certain level.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions involving branching and user input (algorithms) needed to solve them (VCDTCD023)

  • Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs (VCDTCD033)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Defines problems, and designs, modifies and follows algorithms to develop solutions (ST3-3DP-T)

  • Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs (ST2-11DI-T)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) (ACTDIP019)

  • Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input (ACTDIP020)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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This incursion was the best I have had for a long time, age appropriate, engaging presenter, involved children eager to learn and absorb information. Well done, I will definitely recommend to others.

Kingkids Berwick August 19, 2019

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Kartini engaged very positively with the kids, great knowledge of concepts. Wonderful incursion!

St Brigid's Catholic Learning Community February 24, 2020

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Students were very engaged and it was good how the science was related to real life natural disasters.

February 2, 2016

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