In this course students will use fun smart blocks called Cubelets to discover engineering principles. Students will build robots that respond to light and other objects, move, detect change in temperature, make chirp sounds, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. Cubelets are small blocks that can be snapped together magnetically to make an endless variety of robots with no programming, no small parts, and no wires.
No programming is required, but coding concepts are still learned. Instead of programming behavior, students snap the Cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees. They are controlled with simple actions such as hand motions or blowing on the temperature cubelet.
Each cube has a special function: Sense, Action, or Think. Students are given a challenge to solve using the special functions of each cube. After designing their robot, they will act like an engineer and draw, demonstrate and write about how their robot solved the challenge.