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Robot Day! videos

Videos and comments from the Robot Day at Hartwell Primary School can now be found at the following link
Robot Day! | Class4 2013

Quote from the page "The whole class had a fantistic time and really enjoyed the challenge."

 For more information about the activities go to http://computingnorthampton.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/robots-in-hartwell.html





Robot Obstacle Course game

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Not exactly a Junkbot but definitely related is the Robot Obstacle Course game developed by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The game takes the player through exercises in Boolean Logic to allow the robot to collect keys and jump over traps to open the door. This a good and fun introduction to logic.

To play the game go to: http://www.omsi.edu/tech/RobotActivity/index.htm




If you would like to know more about the Junkbots project contact scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk

Visit to Hartwell, Uk

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On 19th December 2013 the  junkbot project visited - Class 4 of Hartwell Primary School, Northamptonshire, UK.

The session was split into two.

The first part was building a drawing junkbot  from cans, small electric motors, broken propellers, wires, pencils, pens, and drinks cans. An example from a previous group is shown to the left.






More details on the activities/session plans can be found at:

on the junkbots project go to: http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/on the work developed and a case study can be found at: http://www.hestem-sw.org.uk/project?id=16&pp=540 or http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Junkbot_june_northampton.pdf in-school session plan can be found at: http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Planning_Process_junkbots_KS3_4_longer.docxSTEM club session plan can be found at: http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Planning_Process_junkbots_primary_short8.docx


The second part two Robonova robots (an image to the left taken from an earlier event) and a Sphero were  were br…

junkbot session plans and activities

The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton have been working with local schools to create robots made from junk. This is an initiative by the University to introduce environmental sustainability, engineering and computing to students and has been funded by Northampton Enterprise Limited and east midlands development agency (emda). 
For more details:

on the junkbots project go to: http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/on the work developed and a case study can be found at: http://www.hestem-sw.org.uk/project?id=16&pp=540 or http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Junkbot_june_northampton.pdf in-school session plan can be found at: http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Planning_Process_junkbots_KS3_4_longer.docxSTEM club session plan can be found at: http://projects.hestem-sw.org.uk/upload/Planning_Process_junkbots_primary_short8.docx
This and other posters at Engage 2013 can be found at: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/engage2013/poster-party If you would like…

Junkbots – it is not one thing!

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Junkbots – it is not one thing!:

Turner S (2013) Junkbots – it is not one thing!Engage 2013 27-28th September 2013The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton have been working with local schools to create robots made from junk. This is an initiative by the University to introduce environmental sustainability, engineering and computing to students and has been funded by Northampton Enterprise Limited and east midlands development agency (emda). 
For more details on the junkbots project go to: http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/
This and other posters at Engage 2013 can be found at: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/engage2013/poster-party
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Coderdojo at The Buckingham School - Northampton University – Visits Buckingham School

Coderdojo at The Buckingham School - Northampton University – Visits Buckingham School:
he room awaited as the man with the robots arrived.  A hushed silence, whilst eager minds listened to what Scott Turner Associate professor as Northampton University outlined the plan for the evenings activities/workshop.  Teams of students were given motors, helicopter blades/wheels/ pens and tape and challenged to problem solve.  The other half of the group split into two halves to look at the two robots – RoboNova-1 and Sphero experimenting with mini challenges, bit of robot football and speed challenge.  Thanks must go to Scott and Team for visiting.
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How Making Robots Captivates Kids' Imaginations

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Not actually part of the Junkbots project but certainly follows the same sentiment.

How Making Robots Captivates Kids' Imaginations | Edutopia:

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If you would like to know more about the Junkbots project contact scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk

Computing at School and Junkbots

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Details of the Junkbots project and outline teaching material can now be found at Computing At School website or CAS Online | Junkbots project

Computing at School is an organisation that aims to promote the teaching of Computing at school and is a partnership of the BCS, industrial partners. For more details go to: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=about-us

For more details on the project contact - Scott Turner

Simple Bots: Wobbler

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Another example of 'junkbot'-type robot: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Wobbler/ 

Simple Bots: Wobbler: "Simple Bots: Wobbler by randofo


Typically, you learn how to wobble before you learn how to walk. But in the world of bots, anything is possible! That is why a day after showing you how to walk and two after showing you how I roll, I am back to show you how to do a little wobble wobble. That's right! In almost no time, you can be out wobbling around with the best of 'em. All of the parts in this project are simple to find and even less-than-experienced bot builders should be able to make this one pretty easily. And, more experienced bot builders should be able to have some fun modding this one, as the casing leaves a lot of room for experimentation.



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Simple Bots: Skitter

Related examples of junkbot-type projects: go to http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Skitter/ for more details.

Simple Bots: Skitter: "Simple Bots: Skitter by randofo

Simple Bots: Scrub

Some related 'junkbot'-type projects: A Scrubbing robot

Simple Bots: Scrub: "Simple Bots: Scrub by randofo

 low-cost cleaning bot called Scrub Bot. 



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Return to Lab_13

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The junkbots project was carried as one of the activities at the celebration of two years of Lab_13 at Irchester Community Primary School.

Three groups spent around an hour developing the drawing junkbots (an example of what one is can be found in these image). The session basic revolves around two main activities:
- Showing that a motor can be made to vibrate and can they think of a way to use this and other materials around them (make sure there are pens/pencils around) to make a drinks can move.
- Next stage is can they modify their robot to make it draw.


Details and session plans can be found at: http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/junkbot-project-case-study-and-session.html


If you would like to know more about the Junkbots project contact scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk

HEA STEM2013 Conference: Junkbots Poster and Prezi

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ABSTRACT: The School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton have been working with local schools to create robots made from junk and also to use robots programmed by the students to perform simple rubbish clearing exercises. This is an initiative by the University to introduce environmental sustainability, engineering and computing to students in schools.











If you would like to know more about the Junkbots project contact scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk

Return to South End

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During National Science and Engineering Week 2013, as part of the activities provided by the University of Northampton, the Junkbots project returned as part of programme of activities to South End Primary School, Rushden, northamptonshire, UK. 


National Science and Engineering Week is annual event celebrating science and engineering activities (http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/national-science-engineering-week)

Last year during the same week Junkbots also formed part of the activities (see http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/junkbots-goes-south.html).




This time we worked with two classes - a year 2 and a year 5 class; building the drawing junkbot. Examples of previous drawing junkbots are shown above. Approximately 50 children took part across the two 45 minute activities.

Essentially a drawing junkbot is based around a drinks can that:
- draw patterns without anyone touching it;
-carried the battery pack or not depends on the age of the group;
-moves by shaking a can using an un…

Rubbish – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into toys!

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Related to the junkbots project.


Taken directly from http://lab13network.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/rubbish-reduce-reuse-recycle-into-toys/ Rubbish – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into toys! Lab13 at Irchester (@Lab_13Irchester)

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Waleed and Jacob searching for goodies! Year 5 students at Irchester have been working on a very exciting project with the Dept. of Waste Management, University of Northampton. Dr. Waleed Montasser and Louise Maxwell, and Bianca, Evie and Livia (Brazilian visiting students) work alongside our Year 5s to design, plan, resource and make different Science Takeaways all using reusable and recycled materials. Science Takeaways will be a set of four science kits with different experiments for children to borrow for the weekend and try at home. They will collect data or test hypotheses and add to the kit if they think of some new way of using it. However, we wanted to keep these takeaways as reusable and “green” as possible and didn’t want to spend a lot of mone…