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Robot Building for Teens by Behnam Salemi

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CHAPTER 3SENSING AND ACTING

In Chapter 1, “The Runaway Robot, or Bug-Like Intelligence,” you built the Bug Bot, a straightforward robot that randomly moved in the environment and demonstrated a simple form of bug-like intelligence. In Chapter 2, “Built-in Intelligence,” you built the BV-Bot, which was able to sense the light in its surroundings and, depending on how it was configured, respond by moving either toward the light source or away from it. In this chapter, you will use your imagination to create a “story” that can explain how Bug Bot and BV-Bot work. It also discusses why sensing the surroundings and acting in the environment are important in robotics and looks at a number of different ways robots can sense and act.

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