Througout the Robotics process, our students had the opportunity to reflect and share their learning experiences. After each robotics class the students had approximately 10-15 minuates to write in their Robotics journals. Here, students wrote about each day's experiences including their:
The students also included drawings, digital pictures, and computer print outs of their programs.
Mrs. Klinger read and supplied feedback to each of the reflections, offering suggestions and strategies to the students. The journals also helped drive the mini-lessons and class discussions in the subsequent robotics lessons.
SAMPLE STUDENT REFLECTIONS:
We made a pooper-scooper. It has a shovel in front and it will probably have a watch tower on top. We made it by taking the R.C.X. box, then made a shovel and stuck it underneath the RCX box. We put a touch sensor on the right side of the shovel.
Just as we finished it fell apart.
For three seconds it was together.
Today me Rachel and Katie made a Y2K Bug1. We built out of Lego! In order to make the Y2K Bug1 you have to take 2 long pieces of black Lego put it on the bottom then build his head and put it on the 2 black Lego pieces and find some wheels and put it on the bottom. Then put on the motor and take a cord and attach it to the motor and press “on/off” and then press “run” and it will go.
Frustrations: It was falling apart!!! Because the box under it was to wide.
Celebrations: My group got it done we just have to put the lights on the head.
Today my group(me,
Sara and Eva) got lots done. They only problem was that the wheels
kept falling off. Next time I want to put the wheels back on .
We are making a cat. It is a her. We don’t know what to call
it yet. We are going to put on lots of sensors.
Frustrations: One of my partners kept moving the parts to the wrong places.
Celebrations: We got some of our robot done.
We’re changing the Pooper Scooper so that instead of having two big wheels were going to make it have caterpiller wheels. Our watch tower is now turning. We have not done anything to the shovel and we still have not programmed it.
We did not finish
We finished the watch tower.
The Junk Yard Warrior could move forwards but when we shoed it went backwards but it got faster every time. The back has a ram, the Junk Yard Warrior has wheels. The elastic band that makes the wheels turn slung off. We used the light sensor but it doesn’t work. We make it out of Lego.
Celebrations: It moved faster and faster.
At first I had no idea how to get the cannon to work because the motor I was using pointed upward and I needed it to go sideways. So Uncle Don helped and said to get a Crown gear and a sput gear and put them at a 90 degree angle. This helped.
Frustrations: The cannon didn’t work.
Celebrations: It can climb a hill.
Today we changed from belts to gears. We have a big one on the motor and a medium gear on the side and small one on the axle. Since the small gear is on the axle it goes really fast.
Frustrations: The gears wouldn’t stay when it went on the carpet.
Celebrations: Our gears worked. The wheels went fast.
We changed our pulleys for gears it was hard but then when we turned it on our car went faster. I learned that pulleys are easier to put on but it goes slower and the gears are the hardest to work and the gears go the fastest on our car. Tomorrow probably we’re going to add more stuff on it or get ready to program our car.
That the gears are working very well instead of pulleys.
I learned how to used the programming program by programming my Roadster. I am thinking of putting a light tower that’s going to spin around. I’m going to put blocks together then put it on a mini-motor then put eyeballs on the top.
Celebrations: I finally got to get it programmed.
We had a hard time putting the motor on. Then we got it on. We put a new layer of Lego on to support the RCX box. So it is changed a bit. We have a song to put in it. Sam is doing it.
Frustrations: The motor was falling off.
Celebrations: We got the motor on.
We change the car to the Alien Bug. We added some wings on our car and the last thing we added was some antennas. We programmed it to run as long as we want to . We also programmed the lights to blink as long as we want to, The motor keeps on falling off even though we try to put more support it stills falls off. We did it so much that we decided to programmed it.
Frustrations: That the motor kept on falling off and the sensor is not working.
Today we changed are gears. Now it goes on the carpet and the hall. Our gears in order are medium then big, then sort of small. Our thing is so heavy it breaks the jump.
Frustrations: Our gears were clicking.
Celebrations: It goes on the carpet, it goes fast.
Today we programmed our robot. I made the shovel stronger. First I put two thin bars and three thick bars when we got it programmed it worked but the pulley snapped.
Celebrations: It worked well.
We put one light on the motor and it is so cool! We rock at making robots. We programmed it again. We put the touch sensor that stops the dragster all together on the front.
Celebrations: We have a light and it works very brightly.
This morning me and Kate made a cage at the back of our Robot and inside of it is a blue ball. The last Robotics day that we had, right before we were supposed to stop, are program didn’t have a broken arrow. Like last time, and I know the reason why there wasn’t a broken arrow there. It’s because we wired all the things.
Frustrations: No Frustrations!!!
Celebrations: We added more to our Robot and now its even cooler.
Our group never got to program it because we were arguing over a cannon. We should quiet talking about a cannon and start to program.
We fixed the bug in our program. Robin got voted to program #3. Sarah got voted to program #4. I got voted to program #1. We figured out that program #1 didn’t work the way it was supposed to. It felt like no one in my group cared that I had the bad program. I felt really sad and left out and mad so I sat by myself. But it all ended up all right.
Frustrations: Someone in my group was being bossy.
Today we finally finished the Rocket and we made some little changes on the Rocket. We are testing the rocket to see if there are any problems. I learned that robotics is harder then it looks. I learned so so much. I wish robotics….
Celebrations: We finished the Rocket!
The gears jammed a bunch because they were to far apart. So we moved the motor closer but then it was too close so we raised it a bit and it worked. It was the right height.
Frustrations: It’s over.
(Ms. Klinger and Ms. Robertson)
that went well:
Things we'd do differently: