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Tutorial #7: One step forward, one step back

Instructions:

  1. Tutorials 7, 8, and 9 build on the same concepts and robot design. We recommend trying to complete all three tutorials in one session for the easiest progression.
  2. This robot is similar to the robot you built in Tutorial #6. Assemble the new robot as shown in the instructions below.
  3. Click here if you need to rebuild the robot from Tutorial #6.
    1. Power on your robot. Click the connection icon and complete the Bluetooth pairing process.
    2. Follow the onscreen instructions to assemble your robot.
    3. Click the button to download the complete Tutorial #6 program.

    4. Select the Drive Cubelet (directly attached to the Bluetooth and Distance Cubelets) then click “Program Selected Cubelet.”
  4. Before you turn on your robot… Take a moment to write a brief description of what sort of behavior you think your robot will show. Think about the parts you used, the rules that control each part and how they might interact as they interact with their environment.
  5. Turn on your robot and observe what kinds of behavior it shows. After you’ve made a few observations, compare your predicted robot behavior to the actual robot behavior.
  6. How does the behavior of your robot compare with your prediction? Were you able to envision what your robot would do before you turned it on?
  7. It is pretty neat to see that one Drive spinning forward while the other spins backwards creates turning behaviors. In the next tutorial, we’ll explore how we might use this behavior to create interesting, lifelike robotic behavior.
  8. When you’re ready to proceed to the next tutorial click here.