Edison and EdPy: Get Edison moving

How do you ‘drive’ an Edison robot? By programming the robot with code! In this lesson, you will learn how to write text-based code to get Edison moving.

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You will also need to use the EdPy programming app.

About this lesson


Recommended time

55 minutes







Grade levels

Year 6+


Introduce text-based programming and the key computational concept of sequence to your students using Edison robots and EdPy, a text-based programming language based on Python. This lesson introduces some computer science and programming basics including functions, inputs, input parameters and outputs. Students then apply what they have learnt by taking on the challenge of writing their own program to get their Edison robot through a maze.

This 1-hour lesson is designed to allow students to work independently through two parts:

  • Part 1: How do computers ‘think’?
  • Part 2: How do you navigate a maze?

Celebrate student success!

Recognise your students’ achievements in taking on an Hour of Code challenge with Edison robots by presenting them with a certificate of completion.


Is this your first time using Edison?

If this is your first time using Edison or EdPy, there are a few extra things you need to know. This Getting started with Edison and EdPy set will help you get the most out of Edison, EdPy and this activity. Inside you will find:

  • step-by-step help for setting up your robots and programming devices plus
  • a hands-on introduction activity for students.
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