Chestnut - Robot Obstacle Courses
What we learnt:
Robots are machines that can be designed with a certain amount of ‘artificial intelligence’. Once a robot has been built, the final step is to program it. This program is a sequence of instructions, telling the robot how it should respond.
It was challenging giving simple, precise and clear instructions but we made huge improvements. When we first started, we were saying things like 'walk' and 'stop' and some of us were even slightly guiding our 'robot' around the course because they didn't know when to stop. We discussed how we could refine our instructions and began to give more precise ones, for example, 'take 3 small steps fowards' or 'turn 90 degrees right'. The activity helped us to understand why clear instructions are essential when coding.