Monday, December 12, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
So excited that the Vermont Robot Rodeo Project made it into the 2016 COSN Horizon Report K12 Edition as Examples of Robotics in Practice!
From the 2016 COSN Horizon Report K12 Edition on page 41
Robotics in Practice The following links provide examples of robotics in use that have direct implications for K-12 education settings:
It's a short blurb,
Vermont Robot Rodeo
Fifty schools across Vermont are participating in the inaugural Vermont Robot Rodeo. Participants can test out a cadre of robots, share best practices and learning strategies, swap robots for various projects, and learn coding basics.
BUT WHAT AN HONOR!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Robot Rodeo will start in November 2016 and culminate in May 2017 at Vermont's Dynamic Landscape Conference.
Each school who participates will get to train a robot for ONE month. They will be asked to add pictures and movies of their robot's visit to their school.
If you'd like to HOST a Robot, check out the HOST Schools Tab above and sign UP soon!
We are looking forward to another successful year and have a few new twist to introduce this year.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thank you to all the participants and sponsors of our first Annual Robot Rodeo!
As you can see from the video below our first Rodeo Rodeo was a huge success and we've had lots of request from schools who want to join. The Robots visited 40 schools last year. This year we are hoping to expand the opportunities we can provide to introduce Coding and Robots to Vermont schools.
If you know anyone who would like to to sponsor a Robot to travel around the state to Vermont schools, where students will train it for the 2017 Rodeo, please send this to this page. Each sponsor purchases the robot of their choice to be added to the fleet of traveling robots.
f you are a school who would like to participate in the 2016 - 2017 year please sign up here.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
What happens when a fleet of 13 robots travel through 40 Vermont schools!
Come find out at this year's Dynamic Landscape conference!
Visit the Innovation Lounge to watch demos of how students throughout Vermont learned to code our 13 robots -- training them for the Robot Rodeo on May 23 and 24!
Try one of the robots yourself and learn some new coding tricks!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
The next thing we did was strip off the green cover to access some of the guts of the robot.
We spent some time navigating the robots website looking for ideas. There were claims that using scratch with some special plugins would allow for easy programming. We discovered that these scratch plugins weren't compatible with our Linux lab. So, back to the drawing board. We discovered that python was our best bet. I created a few lessons that directed students to use Codeacademy to learn some python basics.
#!/usr/bin/env pythonimport Tkinterimport tkMessageBoxtop = Tkinter.Tk()def hello():tkMessageBox.showinfo("Say Hello", "Hello World")B1 = Tkinter.Button(top, text = "Say Hello", command = hello)B1.pack()
We downloaded a pre-configured python script to allow for tethered driving. From here we thought things were going to be simple, yet the robot revolt started. Somehow the script caused the robot to come alive. It decided to move really slow in a circle, without being connected to anything.top.mainloop()
Thank you to the Vermont students who are training us for the upcoming Robot Rodeo in May
~ from Vermont's fleet of robots traveling through Vermont schools
Learn more at
The Lothrop 2nd grade had a visitor - Ozobot! We learned how to code by hand with colors, then used Ozoblockly and our clever coding skills to make Ozo do great things. We learned shapes, math, and looping! Ozo is now off to visit Warren School. We hope he has fun times and learns great moves with the Warren students.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
|"Ferris" a Wink robot from PlumGeek Software|
I named my robot Ferris, because I had some challenges getting him to school each day. The challenge of setting up reminded me that sometimes Ferris just needed a day off. Now that I've broken him in, he's been pretty dependable and can do some exciting things.
The first hurdle has been introducing the Arduino programming to High School students who've never written code in the Arduino environment. PlumGeek has helped bridge the gap by providing a series of usable lesson plans and pre-loaded behaviors available for download on their website.
Fortunately, I've been working with a couple of classes at the Center for Technology in Essex. The Computer Systems technology class and PreTech classes have been able to play with Ferris. We've started doing basic coding, like learning how the lights operate, adjusting Ferris eyes to blink, change colors and emit different light levels. I'm working with a student at the moment on obstacle detection, which Ferris is really good at. The light detection sensor is very good, as Ferris seems to have a strong will to find a nice sunny space to relax in (don't we all). Here's a little of Ferris in action (my dog does not care for Ferris - you might hear her whine).
Friday, March 18, 2016
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Fletcher Elementary School
340 School Rd.
Cambridge, VT 05444
Friday, March 4, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
* There are some great lesson plan links at: http://www.modrobotics.com/education/#lesson-plans
* We used the following video (short and sweet) to give students an idea of the various ways the could manipulate the six Cubelets (and to challenge them to think beyond these seven ideas!) Students enjoyed how each robot had a name and they paused the video and tried many of the ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uULIlZFD6uE
* We found that with six Cubelets and one power source that it was challenging to have more than two students building a robot at a time. (This was a challenge, because the building was so fun, and in high demand.....but if we added more students then no one got to follow an idea through to completion...especially the first week!)
* One way we addressed this was by having Legos and the Lego extenders in a different space. This allowed students to build and design add on features while they were waiting to build with the Cubelets.
* We explored the idea of having students draw designs out....but the creativity was more limited than if they built and tested directly on the Cubelets!
* We had a flashlight accessible in order to further play with light sensor. We also had a dark space in the classroom so students could move their designs in and out of the light without disrupting other class projects!
Overall we really enjoyed our time with the Cubelets, and students were sad to see them leave. We are very grateful to the Vermont Robot Rodeo, and our sponsor Game Theory for this opportunity to learn and explore with a new tool! We would love to add these to our classroom in the future, and are looking for ways to fund a kit of our own.
We are also excited to watch this blog and see what great things the next school creates.Happy Trails Cubelets!!! (Perhaps we will meet up again at Dynamic Landscapes??!)