Automatic Floor Cleaner Computer Program Challenge

This Automatic Floor Cleaner Computer Program Challenge activity & project also includes:

Have your class use the engineering design process to program a vacuum robot. Using computer engineering concepts, teams program an automatic floor cleaner to traverse designated patterns. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage teams to design multiple programs that will meet the criteria and then choose the best one
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity uses Lego Mindstorms robots
  • Requires floor space to create the paths on the floor
  • The challenge is the final activity in a series of four
Pros

  • An outline provides a timeline for the different aspects of the activity
  • The team packet acts as an organizer for the teams' procedures through the design process
Cons

  • LEGO Mindstorms kits can be expensive