Monday, March 6, 2017

Mini-Golf, Math, and Me

So, I have continued my robotics/coding journey.  It just keeps getting better and better.  The kids are really starting to understand the language of coding.  And, it has been amazing to see who has stepped into the expert texspert role.  It is not the usual student leaders.  I have found that coding is a leveled playing field.  Some kids that are gifted at school are not gifted with this required "thinking outside the box."  I have also watched gifted students struggle with perseverance issues.  Since they have not had to work hard at school, they do not have their grit muscle strength like some students that have to persevere every day.  Fascinating to watch.

It has also forced students to really understand angles.  To give correct instructions, the students have to inform the robot at what angle it should travel.  A lot of discussion, trial, and error have brought a greater depth of understanding than any curricular math lesson.


  1. I would love to know more about this mini-golf activity. Would you share the details? Super intrigued!!!

    1. Hi Tracy! Sorry for the delay. So, we went to Home Depot and bought the super cheap green carpet on the giant roll. And then we cut them into various shapes and sizes. We then bought some dowels and wood pieces and colorful duct tape. We glued those together to make the mini-golf holes. We then put colored tape on the carpet as markers the students would have to hit on their way to the hole. They then had to program the sphero to touch all of the markers. The kids worked in groups of 2 or 3. As kids finished, we then had them switch holes. They had to talk speed, time, and most importantly angle of each landmark. So much great discussion--and amazing geometry without having to do a lot of explicit teaching. Thanks for visiting. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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