After our very successful workshops last summer, the Covid-19 numbers skyrocketed across the country. We decided to put robotics meetings on hold and focus on learning Fusion 360 and Java programming independently.
One year later, we are ready to get the team back together again. A few of our team members have moved on to other adventures, but we have added a new member who we are excited to work with!
The build team spent our first meeting re-familiarizing themselves with the Tetrix parts by building a push bot.
The programming team worked on completing simple programming challenges by writing code in block coding. They were able to program the robot to navigate an obstacles using distance sensors.
We, the Sensational 7!, had big plans this summer to host workshops for local kids, but like the rest of the world, we had do adapt. How did we adapt, you ask? Hosted a workshop for our siblings of course!! We got to share our love of robotics with people we were already quarantining with! Win-win!!
Our first day we worked on driving. The kids had a blast with this workshop. They got to play a quiz game to learn controls of the robot, then they played a few driving games including building obstacle courses for each other.
The next workshop took was all about building! The kids learned all about motors, tools, and various components of the robot.
They split up into teams and each team did a great job! By the end of the workshop, the kids had two functional robots built.
Finally, the kids learned about the “brains” of robotics…programming. S7 team members gave a presentation on various languages including Java and Blockly. The kids programmed the robots they built at the previous workshop using blockly.
The programs worked!!
There were definitely a few future FIRST team members in this group!!