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The activities in this section only require the Vorpal Combat Hexapod and Gamepad, and sometimes common household items. After building the robot and gamepad and doing some tests, you should first become familiar with the gamepad functions. There are actually over 40 different motions built in to the gamepad, but they are organized in a way that makes it fairly easy to learn. Once you have the basics, these simple activities will help you learn how to rapidly switch between different leg motions to solve problems!
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==Introduction==
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This page documents activities that use one or more Vorpal Hexapods. We are continually adding to this list. Feel free to suggest your own ideas and we will consider including them on this page with credit to the person who suggested them. We will even give Vorpal Hexapod t-shirts to a random selection of contributors! (USA shipping only at the present.) Send your suggested activities to activities@vorpalrobotics.com
  
== Race Activity==
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==Activities that Do Not Require Accessories or ScratchX Programming ==
  
===Required items===
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The activities in this section only require the Vorpal Hexapod and Gamepad, and sometimes common household items. After building the robot and gamepad and doing some tests, you should first become familiar with the gamepad functions. Although there are sixty different motions built in to the gamepad, they are organized in a way that makes them fairly easy to learn. Once you have learned the basics, these simple activities will help you learn how to rapidly switch between different leg motions to solve problems!
* Floor space about ten feet (3 meters) by six feet (1.8 meters). The floor should not be carpeted, but any smooth floor such as tile, wood, will work.
 
* Two items to race around. These can be any items that will lay flat on the floor and would be stable. Books are perfect. In this description we will use books, but any similar item could be used.
 
* A small piece of any kind of tape to mark a starting line.
 
* If you only have one robot, a timer of some kind. Most smart phones and tablets have timer clock apps built in.
 
* Something to record scores on such as a white board, paper and pencil, laptop with a text editor app, etc.
 
* It is good to have a few battery packs so each contestant can have reasonably fresh batteries.
 
  
===Steps===
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Race]]
* Place the books (or whatever you are using) on the floor about ten feet (3 meters) apart.
 
* Designate some place on the floor as a starting line, mark it with a piece of tape.
 
* If you only have one robot, each contestant takes turns racing against the clock, record times. If you have multiple robots, they may race all at once. Flip a coin to determine which racer gets the "inside track".
 
* Decide on a number of laps. Two or three laps is enough. If you have very few battery packs, you can do a single lap.
 
* The Hexapods will run in a "figure 8" pattern around the two stacks of books. Be sure each contestant knows what this means!
 
* Best time wins!
 
* NOTE: A battery pack using 6xAAA batteries will be fair for about 3 races consisting of 2 laps each race, after which the pack should be changed so things remain fair.
 
  
===Variations===
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Obstacle Course]]
* STRAIGHT TRACK: A straight race (like a sprint) with both a start and finish line where no turning is needed is also possible but will not teach students as much about controlling the robot. For younger children a straight race is easier.
 
* RELAY RACE: If you have at least two robots, a relay race can be run. The first robot runs the first "leg" of the relay, when it touches the second robot (sitting in wait at the starting line) then the second robot goes, total time for the team of two players is recorded.
 
  
== Obstacle Course ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Manual Dance Contest]]
  
== Climb the Mountain ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Recorded Dance Contest]]
  
== Manual Dance Contest ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Engineering Concept: Repeatability]]
  
== Recorded Dance Contest ==
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== Activities That Require ScratchX Programming ==
  
= Activities That Require ScratchX Programming
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Programmed Dance Contest]]
  
== Programmed Dance Contest ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Create a New Move]]
  
== Create a New Move ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Climb the Mountain]]
  
== Autonomous Navigation ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Autonomous Navigation]]
  
=Activities that Require Accessories=
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Hexapod Artist]]
  
== Joust ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Hexapod Musician]]
  
== Capture the Flag ==
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==Activities that Require Accessories==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Fidget Spinner Challenge]]
  
== Soccer ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Joust]]
  
== Infra Tag ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Capture the Flag]]
  
== Kung Fu ==
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[[Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Search and Rescue]]
  
== Hexapod Artist ==
 
  
== Hexapod Musician ==
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Latest revision as of 21:47, 7 January 2018

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Introduction

This page documents activities that use one or more Vorpal Hexapods. We are continually adding to this list. Feel free to suggest your own ideas and we will consider including them on this page with credit to the person who suggested them. We will even give Vorpal Hexapod t-shirts to a random selection of contributors! (USA shipping only at the present.) Send your suggested activities to activities@vorpalrobotics.com

Activities that Do Not Require Accessories or ScratchX Programming

The activities in this section only require the Vorpal Hexapod and Gamepad, and sometimes common household items. After building the robot and gamepad and doing some tests, you should first become familiar with the gamepad functions. Although there are sixty different motions built in to the gamepad, they are organized in a way that makes them fairly easy to learn. Once you have learned the basics, these simple activities will help you learn how to rapidly switch between different leg motions to solve problems!

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Race

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Obstacle Course

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Manual Dance Contest

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Recorded Dance Contest

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Engineering Concept: Repeatability

Activities That Require ScratchX Programming

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Programmed Dance Contest

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Create a New Move

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Climb the Mountain

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Autonomous Navigation

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Hexapod Artist

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Hexapod Musician

Activities that Require Accessories

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Fidget Spinner Challenge

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Joust

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Capture the Flag

Vorpal Hexapod Activity: Search and Rescue


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