Albert the robot and littleBits changed an entire school

Robot rock.

April 17, 2017

In preparation for National Robotics Week, all grades at our school participated in buiding “Albert” the robot. It started as a request from one student who wanted the students to build a robot as one of our Makerspace Challenges. When the time was right, detailed plans were drawn by a few students and the challenge began. How exciting!

Building Albert the Robot!

Students collaborated as they chose boxes, planned cuts, wrapped boxes, and considered how to assemble the robot.

Preprimary students considering how to cover the feet.

Primary students choosing boxes.

Kindergarten students problem solve to connect the arms.

First graders consider the plans.

Second Graders tweak the legs and feet for balance.

Third graders persevere as they wrap Albert in his authentic color.

Then, Albert became a robot…

Third graders drafted plans as they considered how to design Albert’s hands and then connect one to the power in his head.

The extreme challenge was figuring how to get the wires through his wrapped body so that the motion sensor would be available in just the right spot for the eventual opening. They did it!

Second graders sketched ideas to show how Albert’s body could be opened and closed so the light sensor would work to move the hand when papers were inserted into Albert’s body. Then they put the sketch into action and it worked! They also came back at the very end and added the finishing touches to Albert.

First graders considered which littleBits would be necessary to make the eyes light up and worked together to make it happen!

How Albert interacts with the school community…


Students can use Albert the Robot to collect their reflections from the Schoolwide Challenges. The QR code on each reflection card can be scanned to show a picture of the challenge. When the reflection is put in the body, Albert will wave!

This article originally appeared on smore


Karen Opdahl
Educator
@kopdahl