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ICT in Year 9: Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto

Year 9 pupils in ICT this term have been building robots using the Lego NXT 2.0 robotics kits.

We have spent a number of lessons learning about inputs, processes, and outputs in order to create real-life robots to meet a variety of real-life challenges. At first the pupils struggled to grasp concepts of stability and rigidity, but through testing and redevelopment their most recent robots have been very effective precision machines.

The challenges included building robot cars that were able to drive autonomously, follow a line (such as those at Masdar City), drive using user controlled inputs (buttons/switches), as well as a self-parking car.

The most successful of these robots belonged to Filiz Mysyrlyoglu (9B), Byeongguk (Pete) Jung (9B), and Aqeel Bhatti (9D), as well as Gregory Bailey (9D) and Neve Buchan (9D). Their robots were the most effective in autonomously parking themselves in an allocated parking bay, and then moving out from the given bay without user input. A team consisting of Liam Mulligan (9B), Balint Janecsko (9D), Mohammed Al Shamsi (9B) also showed great promise in having the best design of a remote controlled robot a week prior.

The students had mastered block-based programming techniques including sequential programming, loops, and IF switches using a range of infra-red, touch, and sonic sound sensors with use of motor outputs. The photographs show some of their designs.