I just finished eating a well deserved pizza after days of robotic laboratories with children of all ages. Different topics, different materials, different expectations and different experiences. There was however a common feature: the ability to forget the rest, for a moment, and try it for yourself to learn something new .
This is a skill typical of children who do not listen to you if an object, an image, an animal have attracted their attention. Even when there is something right in front of them deserving their absolute attention and concentration.
Today each couple, equipped with a PC with Scratch 1.4 installed on it. Then they were given the crocodile Lego WeDo set to build. We all worked together on completing our Lego Wedo set making sure no one fell behind in the task.
After discussing the real name of the character “Hungry Alligator” and the difference between crocodiles and alligators. Then we began planning our characters.
What does the crocodile eat? Bees? Buffalo? Ants? Zebras? Beatles? Parrots? People? Elephants?. Each pair of kids selected what they thought the crocodile would eat. The crocodile would open and shut its mouth, then the program would use exclamations like “Yum” or “Yuck” as well as sounds to represent the eating process to make it as real as possible. The whole lab lasted for an hour and a half, we learned a lot and had fun while doing so. The lab was a great success. We hope to see you all again at the next lab.