Keep the first 3 Cubes flat on the table as you move them to help keep track of what's been built and tested!
Robots are automatic agents that can sense, think, and act.
Our robot senses are in the black cubes.
Our robot action parts are in these clear cubes.
All robots need power, and the gray blocks are the battery or power cubes.
Today, we’ll use the Brightness sense first and the Flashlight to see how input and output work together.
Use the Battery, Brightness and Flashlight. At first, build robots using just this sense and this action.
Think Point 1:
How many different ways can you build with just these three blocks?
Try to keep all the blocks on the table as you move and rebuild. Try to make the light shine more or less by changing the input to the sense.
Once you have mastered this, switch to the Distance sense.
Can you test out how this robot reacts to its environment by trying different inputs to this sense?
Think Point 2:
What do you think this robot is sensing?
Practice making the light shine more or less, and use inputs other than your hands.
This is an opportunity to add more excitement to your small robots while also exploring robots that have more than one sense and more than one action.
Use both sense Cubelets ‐ Distance and Brightness with the Drive Cubelet.
If your robot is responding to two senses now is it easier or harder to control?
Can you make it drive faster and slower?
Are there ways to build your robot that make it easier?
Can you drive your robot across the table?
Now try using two senses AND two actions.
Is your robot acting in any surprising ways?
Looking at how your robot is built, can you understand what inputs your robot is getting and why it is lighting up and driving brighter or faster at certain times?
Can you still plan and build a robot that you can steer and drive across a table?
Is it easier or harder than before to control actuator responses?