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Discovery Experience 3 – A Robot Takes Shape
  1. The students will understand how the parts of a robot work together by building a robot from a kit.
  2. The students will understand the importance of individual roles when participating in a teamwork activity.

STANDARDS ADDRESSED

SCIENCE

ELA READING

ELA WRITING

ELA SPEAKING/LISTENING

MATH

TECHNOLOGY

LA.4.2.5

LA.4.4.1

LA.4.6.1

CTE.4.2.3

LA.4.4.1

LA.5.4.1

LA.4.6.3

CTE.5.2.2

LA.5.5.1

LA.5.6.1

LA.5.6.3


Discovery Experience 3 – A Robot Takes Shape
  1. The students will understand how the parts of a robot work together by building a robot from a kit.
  2. The students will understand the importance of individual roles when participating in a teamwork activity.

ResourcesTime Allotment: 2 days

Day 1: (Building the Robot)

Materials Needed:

  1. Lego robot kit
  2. Instructions to build an EducatorBot
  3. Teamwork evaluation sheet (TR)
  4. Resource for tutorial on how to build a Lego Robot


Procedure:

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  1. Students are given the instructions and told to build the EducatorBot as shown in the kit instructions
    • Recommended: Use instructions found in the LEGO robotics kit
    • If needed, there are other designs that can be used:
    • Ex 1: Domabot
    • Ex 2: Domabot2
  2. Students are to work in groups of three to four as a team.
    • Signs should be made for the roles each student will play (TR)
      • Manager - one who reads the instruction
      • Parts Specialist - person(s) who find(s) the pieces
      • Constructor - person who puts the pieces together
    • Roles (and signs) will switch every three steps in the instruction until the robot is completed
  3. Fill out the Teamwork Evaluation sheet once the robot is completed
  4. In their learning logs, students will write about their team experience and  their contributions as a working member of a team.
    1. Reflect on how the team worked together, what they learned, any problems they had and how they solved them
    2. Other questions could include: “What was your favorite role and why?” “What was the most difficult part about working together?” “Did everyone share equally in all the work? Explain.”


Discovery Experience 3 – A Robot Takes Shape
  1. The students will understand how the parts of a robot work together by building a robot from a kit.
  2. The students will understand the importance of individual roles when participating in a teamwork activity.

Day 2: (Finishing the robot and a little on teamwork)

Materials Needed
: Lego robot kit

Procedure:

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  1. This is a day to finish making the robot, fill out the teamwork evaluation, and write in student log
  2. As a team, students will each take 45 seconds to share their teamwork experiences. If they finish talking before the time is up, the other group members must ask questions. This continues until all the members have shared
  3. As a class, each group has to share one theme that came up in their discussion
  4. Students who finish early may do one or more of the following activities:
    • Construct ‘accessories’ to make their robot unique
    • Go around and aid other groups
    • Journal on some extra questions
    • Make a poster about their experience with teamwork
    • Write a poem about their robot
    • Write a short story about their robot


Assessments

  1. Learning Log entry
  2. Teamwork self evaluation
  3. Observation of interaction in teams

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  • Nathan Patia, STEM Specialist
  • Salvador Cabusi, Technology Specialist
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  • Tel: 808.778.1265

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