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    Mars Sojourner

    NASA's first robot to explore the surface of Mars was called "Sojourner". The name Sojourner was selected because it means "traveler."

    A  visual programming language used by NASA called LabVIEW that was developed by the Tufts CEEO, to program Sojourn's progress around the Red Planet.

    The language attached a programming language to icons that could be quickly joined together to produce code.

    LabView code

    Edison uses a version of LabView to program it's robots

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      Edison robot

      The Edison robot is a programmable, autonomous robot for use in teaching in STEM . It features built-in sensors as well as lights, sounds and motors. 

      It can also be run off a TV remote control. 

       Edison can:

      • Respond to light and sound
      • Follow lines and avoid obstacles
      • Communicate with other Edison robots
      • Connect to other Edison robots and LEGO bricks

      There is a series of support materials being developed on the https://meetedison.com/ site for students and teachers alike.

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        Update the firmware

        Firmware update checker
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          Make Edison go forward (simple command)

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            Simple electronics : spin a motor

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              Going forward a measured distance

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                Make Edison turn

                Forward  and back

                Left and right

                Sweep

                Spin

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                  Making a plan : algorithms

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                    Edison draws a square (complex command) (repeat)

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                      Adding Lego to your Edison

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                        Planning a dance sequence

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                          Control by TV remote

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                            Using a sensor (decision)

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                              Using blocks (modularised code)

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                                Making music

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                                    Put it all together

                                    Write modularised code for Edison that plays the “Imperial March” while you are chasing the cat by your TV remote.

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