Explore how robots can be used to inspect narrow spaces.
- Select a specific theme to talk about with your pupils. For example, you could focus specifically on robots that inspect water pipes.
- Decide how you would like to introduce this project. Find some videos to watch or information to read with your pupils.
- Define the elements of the maze that the robots will go through (i.e., define holes, walls, obstacles to avoid or to collect, etc.).
- Determine the end result of this project. For example, define the parameters of your pupils’ presentations and the specific elements that they should include in their documents.
2. Explore Phase
Introduce your pupils to the subject and make sure that they understand the problem that they have to solve.
3. Create and Test Phase
Build and program
Have your pupils build and program a robot that can move in a maze. If they cannot create a robot that can turn, guide them to the Design Library for inspiration or allow them to execute some of the movements with their hands.
Design Library inspiration:
Let your pupils plan, try and modify their solutions until they get to a point where they are happy with what they have done. In order to challenge some of the more advanced teams, introduce more obstacles or modify the maze to make it harder to navigate.
4. Share Phase
Make sure that your pupils document their work using the Documentation tool.
Use different ways in order to let your pupils share what they have learned and their reflections on these experiences.
Have your pupils create their final reports and present their projects.
- Explore how robots can be used to inspect narrow spaces
- Create and program a robot to move on a surface and avoid obstacles
- Test their program to make sure that it can detect walls, holes, a cave and objects
- Share their program and ideas