Week 1

So what was the plan for this week then?

This week was all about finding other similar events, look at what tasks they do, and see if any can be used.


What did I do?

So for this week i have been reading up on papers for the RoboJam.  These papers are from the ‘Teaching Robotics Teaching with Robotics’ workshop.

Most of these papers seem to focus on teaching problem solving with children in primary and secondary, ages ranging between 8 to 15 (give or take a few years). The idea for the RoboJam is that focuses in the range of people 15 and above. Although these papers don’t all focuses on this age range, they have given me some ideas on how to structure the even on a day to day basis.


I did a little more as well

Whiles not researching for similar events, I have spent time figuring out equipment works, what doesn’t work, and what we need to get for the RoboJam to work. This will be carried on throughout the weeks to come.

Oh and of course I have spent time setting up the computer and all that jazz 😀


Things that did not go to well

After testing (turning on and seeing if stuff worked) the Lego NXT bricks I found that more then half did not work correctly. Some of the problems included:

  • The screens not working
  • sound not working
We are currently trying to fix all of the bricks that we are not limited on the task we can do.
Before anything could be done with the Lego NXTs i needed to install the supplied software, this gave me a few problems because I am using a 64-bit computer for this project.


Things that went well


After updating the firmware all the Lego Brick’s sound seemed to work fine, leaving with only 5 Bricks that had screen issues.


What happens now?

Next week I will be looking at deciding what tasks will be in the training day of the RoboJam.

At least once a week I will update the blog, maybe more if something either goes really wrong or goes really right. I would like to be able to do it more, but we shall have to wait and see what time is left available.

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