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The Rescue

nb1An Integrated Thematic Robotics
Unit for Grades 6-8

lpeeking-robotThis unit builds on the skills developed in the Elementary, Grade 4-5 unit.  At the end of the elementary unit, the robots are satisfied with the group’s basic understanding of what robots are, how they work, and what they do in today’s world. The robots bid the 4th and 5th grade students farewell but, soon after they leave, they are ambushed by an unknown group of aliens. All but one of the robots are captured and taken to Mars where the aliens hope to use their history to build more advanced robots.  The robots are kept in a secure building at the end of a maze. The maze has multiple doors that can only be opened by answering questions about the history of robotics. The students must rescue the robots before their history is lost forever. To accomplish this task, they will need to achieve the following objectives:

  1. The students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of robotics from its beginning to today by exploring resources and creating a classroom timeline of the history of robotics.
  2. The students will develop an understanding of the conditions on Mars and the atmosphere by analyzing these conditions and planning what will be needed to rescue the robots.
  3. The students will understand how sensors work by incorporating them on a Lego Robot.
  4. The students will be able to construct and program a robot that will be able to navigate a pre-designed course by modifying the basic Lego Robot design based on environmental constraints.


Students will use skills in science, technology, math, and language arts as they plan and execute their rescue of the robots.  As in the previous unit, they will have many opportunities to develop their teamwork skills as they participate in activities and problem-solve together. 

What's Next? > Roadmap to to the Rescue

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Contact Info

  • Kathleen Letsky, Curriculum Specialist
  • Nathan Patia, STEM Specialist
  • Salvador Cabusi, Technology Specialist
  • Robot Invasion
  • Krause Family Foundation
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Tel: 808.778.1265

The Krause Family Foundation: ‘Alana Ke Aloha

  • ‘Alana Ke Aloha places relationship at the heart of all learning.  We create and support projects that engage participants’ imagination, collaboration, and problem solving toward a healthy planet.
  • The Krause Family Foundation: ‘Alana Ke Aloha is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 27-1531421) registered (01/21/2010) in the State of Hawai‘i.