First, let me say that it was great to meet all the kids and some of the parents. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room. We started by introducing ourselves to everyone in the club. Some of the girls and boys had to be encouraged to speak a bit louder, but other than that, they did great. Then we showed one of my favorite videos from NASA. Here is link to it:
I know it is a bit dated by now, but I still find myself fascinated by it every time I watch it. The video is a great example of what makes a robot different than other machines. Robots have sensors and can be programmed, thus they can react accordingly to the environment they are in. That’s why they can land themselves in Mars.
Finally, to wrap up the meeting, we split the group into pairs, and let them explore how to use the “brick” (this is the main part of the robot where the processor is housed) and the motors and ultrasonic sensor.