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Lab 2 - Robot Rules

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Part 1 - Step by Step

  1. InstructInstruct students that they are now going to ‘officially’ create their Robot Rules for the classroom. Distribute or project the Robot Rules template as a jumping off point.
    Robot Rules Template
    Robot Rules Template
  2. ModelModel by explaining what the first rule means to you, and talking through one thing that would follow the rule and one thing that would break it. Check in for clarity, and ask students if they have anything to add. Then vote on whether to keep this rule, or amend it. Encourage students to use proper terminology of the 123 Robot as they are discussing.
    Robot Rule Template
    Using the Rule Template
  3. FacilitateFacilitate this process for each of the 5 Rules, and add/delete/amend them as needed for your classroom setting. Use questions such as:
    • What does this rule mean to you?
    • How can this rule help us take care of the 123 Robot?
    • Do you have anything to add to this rule? Why do you think it is important to add this?
  4. RemindRemind students that they will all be responsible for following these rules and guidelines each and every time they use the 123 Robots - both as a class, or at Centers.
  5. AskAsk students to think about ways that they make decisions with others in their classroom; and how that can be applied to working with the 123 Robots. As a class, agree on 1-3 strategies for decision-making (i.e. voting, taking turns, rolling dice, flipping a coin).

Mid-Play Break & Group Discussion

As soon as every group has accomplished creating Robot Rules and decision-making strategies, come together for a brief conversation.

  • Read several situations and scenarios, and ask the children if the students are following the Robot Rules. If not, how can they change the scenario so that everyone is following the Robot Rules and taking care of the 123 Robot properly. Encourage students to use correct terminology when referring to the 123 Robot.
    • Scenario 1: Your group is moving your 123 Robot around on a map. How do you decide which way to go?
    • Scenario 2: We are breaking into our groups to get started. Who gets to touch the 123 Robot first?
    • Scenario 3: Someone in your group keeps touching the 123 Robot when it is not his/her turn. What should your group do?
  • Try acting out these scenarios. How can they fix the scenarios? Have students act it out!
    • Scenario 4: Tim and Jason are fighting over whose turn it is to push the 123 Robot’s buttons. Lauren is trying to use her words to ask them to stop, but they are not listening. Jason grabs the 123 Robot and holds it up in the air, and then accidentally drops it on the floor.
    • Scenario 5: Olivia and Alaina are working on driving their 123 Robot across a map. Olivia wants to go left, but Alaina wants to go right. They program the 123 Robot to go left, but while it’s driving, Alaina grabs the robot and moves it.
  • Add as many other situations and/or scenarios as needed for your group’s needs and special circumstances.

Part 2 - Step by Step

  1. InstructInstruct students that now they are going to put their Robot Rules into practice, as they test out some ideas about things they can do with their 123 Robots together. Write the phrase “What if…?” on the board, as a group prompt.
    What if?
    What if?
  2. ModelModel what this methodology looks like for the students, and write the ideas on the board. For example:

    What if I wanted to push all of the buttons 100 times with no plan?

    1. Does that follow the Robot Rules? (No)
    2. What if I pushed a button 10 times?  (Question) 
    3. What do you think will happen?  (Hypothesize) 
    4. What happened?  (Observe)
    5. What does that tell us about that button? (Conclude)
    Useful vs. Unuseful What If questions
    "What If" Question Process
  3. FacilitateFacilitate a series of scenarios like this, using student ideas in response to the “What if?” prompt. Encourage students to use correct terminology when referring to the 123 Robot.
  4. RemindRemind students that they should be thinking about actual things that they think their 123 Robots might be able to accomplish, to help stay focused during the exploration, and about the importance of planning when working with robots. Questions like “What if I took my robot to the moon?” are less helpful, than “What if my robot is about to roll off the table?” This exercise should be used to help preempt some problem solving strategies into your 123 Robot experience.
    What if questions?
    What if questions?
  5. AskAsk students questions like "Why might you want to do that behavior?" Or "What could that behavior help you do with your robot?" To help guide the conversation.