Robotic arms: Clutching at computational straws

I wanted to link computational thinking to tinkering with a low tech approach to explore artificial intelligence for children.

Moreover, to support design thinking skills as we inspire the next generation of digital makers at Raspberry Jam and other maker events with projects sharing robotic arms and other AI examples.

Construction-based activities with the clear focus on high tech progression of learning possibilities.

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Understanding robotics and then design using straws, string and tape was the starting point to launch a series of challenges based on problem solving.

From that led to the inclusion of Strawbee kits.  Whilst still keeping to low tech resources, more robust structures made successfully accomplishing more complex challenges possible.

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Next steps: Debugging to be continued and then programming 🙂

Modelling the derny bike motion with a Scratch controller

Tinkering again with input devices.

Example here of children using the Scratch Controller from TTS to add complexity and model real world situations:

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 2nd August

Thanks to Swallow Hill, we were able to add a daytime Raspberry Jam event into the summer diary.

Our workshop centred around coding music with Sonic Pi and led to team tracks and individual compositions which were eventually shared between the group.

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For some of our younger members, they extended previous game making activities with Scratch by adding a controller to their code.

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We’re back to our regular time in September, with our next event on Wednesday 7th.

Registration link below, so hope to see you there : )