Monday, 30 December 2013

Robot Day! videos

Videos and comments from the Robot Day at Hartwell Primary School can now be found at the following link
 Robot Day! | Class4 2013

Quote from the page "The whole class had a fantistic time and really enjoyed the challenge."

   For more information about the activities go to

Friday, 27 December 2013

Robot Obstacle Course game

Not exactly a Junkbot but definitely related is the Robot Obstacle Course game developed by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The game takes the player through exercises in Boolean Logic to allow the robot to collect keys and jump over traps to open the door. This a good and fun introduction to logic.

To play the game go to:

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Visit to Hartwell, Uk

On 19th December 2013 the  junkbot project visited - Class 4 of Hartwell Primary School, Northamptonshire, UK.

The session was split into two.

The first part was building a drawing junkbot  from cans, small electric motors, broken propellers, wires, pencils, pens, and drinks cans. An example from a previous group is shown to the left.

More details on the activities/session plans can be found at:

Robonova in action
The second part two Robonova robots (an image to the left taken from an earlier event) and a Sphero were  were brought in. Two groups use the Robvova (robots to create a dance routine, which they wrote down the dance routine to be repeated later. They then had a 'dance off'. The third group used the Sphero ( and they both programme them (using an App Sphero Macrolab on the iPad) and directly controlled it using another App (OrbBasic)on the iPad. 

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junkbot session plans and activities

The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton have been working with local schools to create robots made from junk. This is an initiative by the University to introduce environmental sustainability, engineering and computing to students and has been funded by Northampton Enterprise Limited and east midlands development agency (emda). 

For more details:

This and other posters at Engage 2013 can be found at:
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