Exploring Robotics (Direction Mapping with WAO II)


Direction Mapping with Wao II

Wao II is a robot kit that can be programmed with an onboard keypad. In this incursion students use a pre-assembled Wao II to learn about introductory programming concepts and apply them to fun and engaging tasks. Operating a Wao II can be as simple as pressing a direction button and a number to indicate duration. More complex programs can be entered by converting a whole sequence of steps in at once. This challenges students to identify the smaller steps involved in completing a whole task.

These type of tasks are simple for humans and often we don’t think about what smaller steps are been taken to complete them. In order to communicate with robotics this type of thinking is very important and Wao II is a great way to get students familiar with it.

Advanced Challenges

More advanced challenges involve the students using sensors on the Wao II so that non-linear programs can be entered. An example of a task a student might have to convert into a program might be: Have Wao II continually move forwards. If an obstacle is encountered, reverse, turn around, and resume moving forwards.

Suitable for:

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


    Dates & Times:

    Incursion Duration: 1 hour min.

    Group Size: 20 (min) to 30 (max)

    More information:

    Costs: All workshops are charged per student per hour and GST can be claimed back. Additional costs may apply depending on the workshop. For most incursions we travel in a motorhome and provide all the equipment, a surcharge may apply for large travel distances. This surcharge can be avoided by networking with other schools in your region and involving them so that we can stay in an area for a longer period of time. Minimum charges apply for all incursions.