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Awesome – we programmed a robot!

As part of the “Maryland STEM Festival 2015”, our department Head for Science, Steffi Colopy, arranged the educational division of IBSS to visit our SchüEx group on November 9, 2015 and to hold three excellent STEM workshops. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

While constructing rockets in the first workshop and boats in the second workshop the children made some hands-on discoveries about force, angles and about several principals of physics.

In the third workshop, fourth and fifth graders learned how to program a robot on the laptop to follow the pathway of a maze. In this two-hour workshop they started by going over the basics such as turning the robot on and off and how to plug it in and out of the laptop. The students then quickly grasped how to program the distance the robot should go and in which angle it should turn in order to follow the maze. It’s a step-by-step process. Each move is first programmed on the laptop, then the robot gets unplugged and the children test whether what they planned is actually happening in the maze before the next step is planned. They were even able to add a few fun sounds to their robot.

You can see the joy and the children’s sense of achievement in the video by clicking the link below. Towards the end of the video you will see the students’ feedback about the workshop.

Watch this video of the robot workshop:




A big thank-you goes to IBSS ( these free workshops and for this amazing experience that the children will remember for years to come! The school purchased a robot like this for the SchüEx-group and they will continue experimenting with it.

Student Report:  Please also read this student report by Maya K., Isabella W., and Sarah D.

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