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Robot Rovers

50 min.


Ages 7-13

What Will You Learn?

During this live coding session, Elby is on a mission to find the earring that Kelsey has lost in the space behind her wall. To complete this mission, Elby must first learn how to drive a rover, or robotic vehicle. He’s never driven before, so he can use a little help from our live coders to get those rotation servos spinning. CodeJoy participants will learn the basics of coding rotation motors and learn how to code multiple outputs at once.

These 50 minute live virtual sessions will be held DAILY August 2-6 at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT and on August 2 and 3 also at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT.

Please note: Projects below are in addition to the live coding session and will require additional time.

What's Next?

After attending the Virtual Session, you can use what you learned to complete additional projects! Click here to see the Maker and Educator Guide presentation with lots of ideas. Or download the presentation as a PDF for printing.

PROJECT 1: Make a Rover

Meet the Rover, a simple and silly robot built with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit that can be easily customized to perform different tasks. Click here to see the Maker and Educator Guide presentation with step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. TIME: 30 minutes; LEVEL: Intermediate

PROJECT 2: Design a Robot Rover

Decorate your rover to become a robot parade float. Click here to see the Maker and Educator Guide presentation with step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. TIME: 60 minutes; LEVEL: Intermediate

PROJECT 3: Program a Sensor

Use a distance sensor to create a rover that avoids obstacles. Click here to see the Maker and Educator Guide presentation with step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. TIME: 30 minutes; LEVEL: Intermediate

CodeJoy June 4, 2021
CodeJoy produces live, interactive, student-facing shows that get kids coding and controlling the pre-built robots in their studio. Their 45 minute sessions center around a narrative, and kids use code to help Kelsey and her robot friends solve problems. Kelsey Derringer, CodeJoy’s on-screen teacher, is an educator with 18+ years of classroom and professional development experience. She specializes in teaching robotics and coding to non-CS teachers, helping them bring creative robotics into other subject areas. Matt Chilbert, CodeJoy’s director, is an educational media producer with 10+ years of classroom experience and 20+ years of experience in filmmaking, including working at Sesame Workshop and the Jim Henson Company. He specializes in creating story-driven learning experiences that use filmmaking techniques to keep kids’ minds focused on learning goals.