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Coding Activities: Advanced Level: Discover the Universe

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Sometimes we need to make different decisions based on specific conditions to take the most appropriate actions. Programmers must think about the importance of their decision-making processes in all aspects of daily life and with regards to a variety of various fields. When it comes to programming those decisions, they can use if-condition statements to build smarter and more flexible programs. That’s the main objective of RoboGarden activities, which are designed to help kids improve their decision making skills while and applying those fundamentals using simple code blocks.

This article discusses the final RoboGarden activity: The Advanced level. Similar to the Intermediate level, the Advanced level is designed for kids aged 9 years to 13 years of age. The courses in this level are more difficult and cover more intricate coding concepts. The Advanced level is developed especially for the brightest and most determined students in this age range.

Discover the Universe Activity

If you have already played the Beginner- and Intermediate-level activities from RoboGarden, you will be excited to move on to our advanced Discover the Universe challenge. The activity consists of five missions that teach kids the concept of if-condition statements and how to make decisions that can handle multiple test cases. Kids will also explore the universe and learn about space concepts.

Discover the Universe Activity Missions

  1. Green Light

  2. In this first mission, kids will learn about decision making in coding. Here, kids will help Robo collect blue satellites by checking the cell’s color. If the cell is green, Robo can go ahead and get the second satellite. If it is red, then there are rocks blocking the way and Robo should not go further. Kids must use selections and Boolean blocks to complete this mission successfully.

  3. Temperature Check

  4. As in the previous mission, Robo needs your help to make a decision after he checks the temperature. Here, kids should read the value from the cell in front of Robo using interaction code blocks. That value will allow them to use an if-else block to decide what to do next. If the temperature is greater than 50, Robo should collect the red suit. Otherwise, he should collect the blue suit. Solving this mission will allow the student to play the next one.

  5. Which Telescope Is Suitable for the Mission?

  6. In this mission, Robo needs your help to select a telescope of the appropriate power. Three telescopes are available, each with a different power. Fortunately, an expert knows the telescope that is needed for the mission and has colored it so we can identify it. If the color is blue, Robo must collect the blue telescope. If the color is yellow, Robo must collect the yellow telescope. Otherwise, Robo must collect the grey telescope. Kids will have a good handle on solving this mission if they have completed the previous one.

  7. Get a Clear Image of the Planet

  8. In this mission, kids will learn more about space and the physical universe. They will learn about the distance between Earth and each planet. Kids must help Robo get the blue telescope and drop it on the colored cell so they can get a clear picture of Jupiter, which is 365 million miles away from Earth. They will need the yellow telescope to see Saturn, which is 745 million miles away from Earth. This mission can be accomplished easily using Scratch code blocks.

  9. Getting the Right Satellite Dish

  10. Robo needs a satellite dish to complete this final activity. There are four different satellites, each of which has a price. Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of money. Kids should be ready to decide which satellite Robo will buy. A blue cell with a "G" means that Robo has enough money to buy the more expensive satellite, so he should go right. A red cell with an "L" means that Robo does not have enough money and needs to go for the less expensive satellite to the left. If your kids reach this mission and solve it successfully, they are coding and science heroes and you should be proud of them.

The Discover the Universe activity is full of science, decision making, and coding concepts that are important in any field. If your kids are prepared from childhood to use those concepts, they will be ready to become great contributors who can handle an obstacle. RoboGarden is the most suitable learning platform that integrates school subjects and coding with fun online games. All you have to do is register for free and RoboGarden will direct you.

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Now you can start your activity, which consists of between five and twelve lessons that cover different subjects, with RoboGarden

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