Last week I was running the Opcom robotics summer camp. See previous post on more details about the camps. Nine young robot engineers participated in the camp and were challenged to designing, building and programing a LEGO Mindstorms robot able to practice the not so ancient sport of robot sumo wrestling.
Here are some snapshots from the week's activities. First an introduction of of the robot engineers and their creations...
A closer look at the contestants reveals some interesting and outside of the box designs such as ramp, blades, scoops and bulldozer-like contraptions where some of the sumobots are large and imposing while others are more nimble.
The week flew by with the robot engineers working hard designing their robots, programming, brainstorming game strategies and going through many practice rounds and design and program revisions to perfect their creations. One of the key lessons learned was the iterative nature of engineering and programming where there is no such things as a perfect design and/or program at the outset. Instead the process is characterized by repeated testing (or performance), feedback and revisions, sounding reminiscent from a different walk of life.
The culmination of the week was the sumobot tournament on the last day. For this big event we invited all the other kids and adults that happened to be at the school.
Science classrooms are unique learning environments unlike any other classrooms. As a matter of fact, some things only happen in science classrooms. Here is a collection of event that happened in my own science classroom over the last school year. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
Report from yours truly live-tweeting and navigating the melee at GETCA 2015 (Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference).
Can a pencil be more than just your average run of the mill pencil? The legendary Palomino Blackwing Pearl can take a student or teacher's writing to new heights. We have taken a batch of the Pearls for a spin and are blown away by how much writing and sketching can be transformed by this unassuming pencil.
Dr. Pineda's Classroom is going YouTube with the release of its first screencast on the exciting topic of calculating percents. Only time will tell if this is the start of something big and shiny or just a passing fad.
After several weeks working on setting up habitats for new classroom animals the big day finally arrived. The newest addition to our classroom include aquatic denizens in our new aquarium and a teenage bearded dragon with lots of attitude and no table manners.