By Shreya Balusu, Secretary
First off, thank you to all the students that came to Robot Day, decked out in purple and orange gear for their teams, and were ready to compete!
To begin the exciting challenge, we divided both the orange and purple teams into three sub teams in order to make sure each person had a chance to help out, and create a code. The object of the code was to make a robot car move forward, backward, to turn right, then left, and finally forward once again, while the LED lights flashed colors. Students used cut up Scratch commands in order to rearrange the blocks and write code that fit the requirements of the challenge.
During this part of Robot Day, all the club officers were so pleased to see that every team was working together to make decisions and come up with solutions. After the teams were finished our club president, Aditi, plugged each of the codes into the computer, and awarded points to the teams based on whether their code was deployable. After adding up the points for the challenge, we found out that the orange team was in the lead! Next, we had both of the teams use a remote control to move a robotic car, and pick up trash. After they picked up a piece of trash, they had to move it to their designated team scoring area. Though the purple team was victorious in this challenge, it was not even points to boost them above the orange team.
When the kids gathered again on Tuesday, we finally were able to put their Scratch codes to the test! Aditi condensed all three codes for each team into one better working code per team. When the kids tested their codes, the very first try, the orange team was able to complete all requirements, and though the car did end up going slanted at the end, they still received points for being able to complete the challenge. However, on the first try, the purple team was not able able to execute the tasks, but on the second try, their code did complete the challenge.
At the end of our exciting Robot Day challenge, the orange team was victorious! Both teams performed outstandingly, and many club members stepped up and showed amazing leadership and teamwork skills. All the the club officers were extremely impressed and proud of the kids.