Programming for Automation: Avery's Automatic Donut Machine
Hosted by Girl Day Creator: Emerson
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Materials: A computer connected to the internet. You may want to create an account on the Scratch website, to save your project, but it is not required.
The Activity: On your web browser, you will need to open a new tab or page to participate in the activity. There are two activities to complete with the existing Scratch program. Then you will be able to explore computer programming further with our expanded to get Avery's Donut Machine to make more or different donuts. See below for the full instructions, notes, and questions for further learning.
You can go directly to our automatic Donut Maker here, but be sure to read the instructions for details on interacting with the programs.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics? Automation provides an efficient way to complete activities that need to be repeated several times or to control a process. A real-life example of automation for control is a thermostat for an air conditioner. The thermostat is set at a temperature, a temperature sensor analyzes the temperature. When the temperature gets too high, the thermostat turns on the air conditioner to blow cold air into the building. When the sensor detects that the temperature is low enough, the thermostat tells the air conditioner to turn off.
Engineers create the computer programs that make the automation and control possible. Scratch is a coding language developed for young people to learn about computer programming, as well as to collaborate with others.
Emerson Automation Solutions is a leader in helping process and discrete manufacturing companies automate and optimize production through innovation technologies and expertise. Lal Karsanbhai, Emerson Automation Solutions Executive President, provides an overview of how we serve key industries around the world.
Additional resources - information about STEM, STEM careers, STEM at-home learning or extended learning can be found on Emerson's We Love STEM page.