The kids read through the overall script, but there are several components that still need to be written. The kids will write a description of how to make a “dump cake”, various outdoor sports (winter and non-winter) that they enjoy playing, and things that are related to gardening. We also need to create deliberate gestures for when the robots are speaking their other lines in the skit. Then we need to create the programs that enable the robots deliver their lines (with appropriate gestures). Finally, we need to put it all together into one large “conversation program” for each robot.
We started out the day by writing some of the descriptions that will be used in the skit. Then some kids started programming the dialogue, and others started working on the backdrops for when the robots perform the skit. This was a great day for creative juices to flow. Putting on a robot theater performance involves more than just writing computer programs. There is writing, posing, programming, drawing, and staging to be done.