Spike Prime - Calculator

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Learning numbers and calculations with numbers can be fun! This robot can add, subtract, multiply and even divide. Build it and play with it to explore the mathematical operations!

Build

Model:

model of vehicle

Pictures:

robot in action when adding robot in action when multiplying

Building instructions:

Download building instructions:

Download stud.io model:

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Connections:

  • left motor - D
  • right motor - C
  • color sensor - E


Programs

Addition and subtraction:

Addition and Subtraction

Addition and subtraction based on colors:

Addition and Subtraction based on Colors

Multiplication:

Multiplication

Light blocks (used in multiplication and division):

Multiplication

Division:

Division

Download:

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Measure, analyze, think

  • Make your own recording
  • Perform measurements with your model and discuss in your group what has happened.


Explore and modify

  • Is addition part of multiplication? How?
  • Is subtraction part of division? How?
  • What happens when we subtract 3 from 2? Do you have other suggestions?
  • Where are the limits of the calculator? Can you explain?
  • Add different brick colors to add/subtract more than 1 to the sum at a time.


Present

  • Prepare a short presentation for other groups. Tell others about your experiments with the calculator. Is there someone in the group who never worked with a regular calculator? Discuss.


Additional resources