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Lesson 4: Developing a Strategy

Practice

In the last section, you learned about game strategy, and how to organize your strategy development with your team. Now, you are going to apply what you have learned to develop a strategy in the Strategize and Score practice activity. In this activity, you will develop a strategy with your team in order to score as many points as possible in one minute. 

Now it's your turn to complete the Strategize and Score practice activity!

In this animation, the Clawbot is placing as many rings and Buckyballs as possible on platforms in one minute, in order to score the most points. Watch this animation to see one possible path your robot could take to complete the Strategize and Score practice activity.

Strategize and Score Practice Activity Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

As you complete the Strategize and Score practice activity, document your strategy development in your engineering notebook, and be sure all team members are working towards a shared goal.

  • You calculated the total points possible, but how many points is your team trying to score? 
  • Can all team members explain your initial strategy the same way?  
  • Document each iteration of your strategy, so you can refer back to your data moving forward into the challenge.

View this image for an example of how you can record your results.

Engineering notebook example

Prepare for the Challenge

In Compete (on the next page), you will join with another team to develop a collaborative strategy so that your two robots can work together on one team, and score as many points as possible in one minute. Look at the document and animation below to learn how to compete in the Shared Strategy Challenge. Then complete the Check Your Understanding Questions and practice for the challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to develop a cooperative strategy so your two robots work on one team to score as many points as possible in one minute.

Watch this animation to see an example of how your robots could move in a successful run of the challenge.

This is just one possible strategy your team could use to complete the Shared Strategy challenge activity.

Shared Strategy Challenge Activity Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Check Your Understanding

Before beginning the challenge, ensure that you understand the rules and setup of the challenge by answering the questions in the document below in your engineering notebook.

Check your understanding Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

After completing the questions, try practicing the challenge.


Select Next > to compete in the Shared Strategy Challenge.