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Coding Communication Challenge

In this coding challenge, students will practice collaboration and communication skills in order to conquer a robot obstacle course while maintaining a safe distance.

  • Subjects
  • Coding
  • Robotics
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Duration
  • 15-30 minutes
  • Compatible Robots
  • Root rt0
  • Root rt1
  • Group Size
  • Small Groups (2-4)
  • Experience Level
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 3-5
  • Things You'll Need
  • Whiteboard Grid
  • Dry-Erase Markers
  • Eraser
  • Vinyl Clings

With the Class

  1. Divide students into pairs. One student will serve as the Robot Wrangler (RW) and one will be the Coding Captain (CC).
  2. Seat the RW at the Robot Station. Seat the CC at the Coding Station, facing away from the Robot Station so they cannot see Root.
  3. Challenge the RW to create an obstacle course on the whiteboard grid, either with their dry-erase marker or the vinyl clings. The CC should not be able to see the obstacle course Their course should contain: One (1) starting point
    1. Three (3) “checkpoints” for Root to reach
    2. Two (2) “obstacles” for Root to avoid
    3. and one (1) finish point
    4. NOTE: Obstacle course requirements can be scaled up or down for difficulty level).
  4. After the course has been assembled, challenge the RW and CC to code Root to complete the obstacle course. They must do so only by verbal communication, as the CC will not be able to see the course and the RW does not have access to the coding device.
  5. Make sure to wipe down the entire coding station, including Root, whiteboard grid and clings before switching groups.