Exploring Robotics (Binary Code with NAVIUS)


Navius operates by reading binary code from black and white discs. A disc is inserted into Navius and an infrared sensor reads it as it spins. Students make their own discs by filling in blank ones with a black marker.

Programming a robot in this way is said to be a low level form of programming. Often high level programming is used to make writing programs more user friendly.

For example: the function of a button with an arrow pointing forwards is obvious to a human, however for the robot the button is going to send a signal or not send a signal to motor or other component.

The advantage of using binary programming is that it really lets student see how the language of robotics works. They can’t rely on communication they are familiar with. Instead of simply saying ‘move forwards’ they now need to identify what motors will move Navius forwards, and what needs to be done in order to turn them on. Programming at a low level with binary develops a very strong understanding of how to communicate with robotics.

Suitable for:

  • year 5
  • year 6
  • year 7
  • year 8
  • year 9
  • year 10
  • year 11
  • year 12



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    Incursion Duration: 1 hour min.

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