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Parade Float
Lab 3 - Float Celebration

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Launch the Engage Section

ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.

  1. Stand at the front of the class and introduce the Lab 3 connection.
  2. Write the requirements for the test parade route on a whiteboard or poster at the front of the class. 
  3. Write down the coding requirements for the parade on a whiteboard or poster at the front of the class. 
  4. See if students need any more clarification on what they need to do to create their test parade route.
  1. Have you ever had to map out a path or find your way from one place to another? It is time for our class parade, and we need to create our test parade routes! 
  2. How can we measure the parade route? Our test parade route must be a square with each side measuring 900 millimeters (mm) (~36 inches or 3 feet). 
  3. Your Parade Float robot will need to travel along the test parade route. The float will also need to stop for 3 seconds on each side of the square so all the people can see your float! 
  4. What do you still need to know?

Getting the Students Ready to Build

It’s SHOWTIME. Grab your measuring tape and your float and let’s start calculating our test parade route! When you’re ready give me the thumbs up. 

Facilitate the Build

  1. InstructInstruct students to fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet. Use the Suggested Role Responsibilities slide in the Lab Image Slideshow as a guide for students to complete this sheet.

    Instruct students to head to their area in the classroom to create their test parade float route.

  2. DistributeDistribute measuring tape or rulers and masking tape to each group so they can create their test parade float route.
  3. FacilitateFacilitate the measuring process. If students are having a hard time working together, encourage them to assign roles so that each group member has something to work on.
    • Builders can start measuring and calculating the parade route.
    • Journalists can begin to code the float to move in the calculated path.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as teams build together.
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Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • Allow students to ask questions but instead of giving an answer, guide students towards a solution.  
    • All students' needs are different. Some students need a solution if they have worked on the problem for an extended time. Other students may need a small nudge in the right direction.