The Emotion Machine Activity

The class program a card robot face to show different emotions one after another.

This is a very simple way to introduce the idea of programs and sequences of instructions as well as computational thinking ideas like algorithmic thinking and decomposition. It can also lead to ideas about abstraction.

Learn about:

  • algorithmic thinking
  • programming
  • decomposition
  • sequences of instructions
  • computational thinking
  • abstraction

Resources
This session comes with linked activity sheets and ‘story’ write-ups that you can download:

 

Other Ideas

For christmas: create emotional elf, snowman or father christmas  robot faces that you can program to change the emotions on. Use our emotional robot cards as a template to have the class draw their own face pictures with the slots in the same places. Then program the face by pulling the eye, mouth and nose strips to different settings. Perhaps even use them in a puppet show where their expressions change at appropriate points as directed by a script.

This activity closely links to the create-a-face activity.

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