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Higher Order Thinking Skills with Lego EV3 Robots

Developing robotics and coding skills
​Noah and Phil work co-operatively on their robotic's design

Friday afternoons at Clifton State High School allow students in the Junior Secondary school to elect an area of higher order thinking to develop.  In G-block, a group of 25 keen students are working with Mr Hazeldene and Mrs Turkington to develop their robotics and coding skills. Students have entered this group with a range of abilities, from never using coding or robotics before, to those who have a passion for this form of technology.  All students, regardless of ability level, are improving their skills on a weekly basis.   An open-ended challenge is given to the students, and they have a set amount of time to meet the design brief.  Students work diligently in their small focus groups to meet the design brief, and the competition within the room is fierce.  Last week's challenge was to design, build and code a robot that could traverse the classroom.  The added complication:  the use of wheels was not permitted.