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Parade Float

Program the Finch to become a parade float with lights, music, and movement and have the Finch follow a parade route!

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BEGINNER: Level 1

Program the Finch to become a parade float with lights, music, and movement. Define a parade route and program the Finch to follow it by programming the motors to move in the correct pattern. Create separate sequences that cause the lights to flash and the buzzer to play a song.

INTERMEDIATE: Level 2

Follow the Level 1 instructions, but use Level 2 blocks to upgrade the parade float with new colors, sounds, and more complex movements.

ADVANCED: Level 3

Read the instructions from Level 1, but use Level 3 blocks. Create sequences for movement, lights, and motion that all start at the same time by pressing the green flag. Use repeat loops to create more elaborate light and sound sequences.

MATERIALS

  • Arrange materials to create “buildings” and “streets” for the Finch Parade Floats to navigate.
  • Attach Parade Float designs made of paper or cardboard to Finch with masking tape.

INTEGRATION

  • This project can be used in any classroom to celebrate any topic. Example: have a Cinco Day Mayo parade down the hall to teach others about and celebrate Mexican history and culture.
  • Variation: Ice Cream Truck. Decorate Finch to look like an ice cream truck, and attract customers with music, lights, and movement.