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Learning objects Direct a robot: which way?

TLF ID L1074

Give directions for a robot to collect soil and rock samples on the moon. Plan the most direct route to save fuel. Enter the best direction of travel for each step. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use diagrams to represent location and movement.
  • Students interpret diagram features as 2D representations of a 3D environment.
Educational value
  • Requires students to use 2D representations to navigate within a 3D environment, and to interpret and translate diagram features.
  • Promotes space perception.
  • Provides an optional grid display to help students count distance units.
  • Features robot sound effects.
  • Encourages repeated use through randomisation of content.
  • Provides an option to print a report that includes a route map, mathematical pathway and efficiency ratings.
Year level

4; 5

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Pattern perception
    • Mathematics/Diagrams
    • Mathematics/Directions
    • Mathematics/Distance
    • Mathematics/Spatial patterns
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL:
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.