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nb19Discovery Experience 5 –  Rescue!The students will understand how robots can perform specific tasks by constructing and programming a robot to navigate a pre-designed course.

STANDARDS ADDRESSED

SCIENCE

ELA READING

ELA WRITING

ELA SPEAKING/LISTENING

MATH

TECHNOLOGY

LA.6.1.2 - LA.6.2.3

LA.6.4.1

LA.6.6.1, LA.6.6.4

LA.7.2.1 -LA.7.2.2

LA.7.4.1

LA.7.6.1, LA.7.6.3

LA.7.2.4

LA.8.4.1

LA.8.6.1, LA.8.6.4

LA.8.2.1 - LA.8.2.2

Resources


Time Allotment:  4-5 days


Day 1: (The course)

Materials Needed:

  1. Roadmap to the Rescue (from Unit Introduction)
  2. Lego robot kit
  3. Instructions to build an EducatorBot
  4. Teamwork evaluation sheet (TR)
  5. Resource for tutorial on how to build a Lego Robot
  6. For Maze
    • Lego kit boxes (rocks)
    • 3ft x 3ft square of black paper
    • Map that shows where robots are at


Procedure:

  1. Refer to "Roadmap" and highlight step 5
  2. State lesson objective
  3. Students are given the instructions and told to build the Lego robot as shown in the kit instructions
  4. Students are shown the obstacle course and told the rules.
  5. Make a Mars Landscape
    • Find an open space in a classroom of about 15 ft by 15 ft
      • Randomly place Lego boxes and other obstacles to mimic rocks
      • Have a 3 ft x 3ft section somewhere in the open space of black paper or black tape.
        • This is the “cave” the robots are held
  6. Students must program their robots for the following purposes:
    • After randomly being placed in the field, they must navigate around the rocks to find the cave
    • Once they find the cave (the robot senses the black paper or tape), they must speak a message and see a map
    • Once the robot sees the map, students will be able to measure the distances and program a route back to the pick-up spot
      • Extra credit:  Design a way to carry the map back
      • Extra credit:  The robot must be able to stop if a clap is heard.


Discovery Experience 5 –  Rescue!The students will understand how robots can perform specific tasks by constructing and programming a robot to navigate a pre-designed course.


Days 2-4: (Practicing the course)

Materials Needed:

  1. Lego robot kit
  2. Instructions to build an EducatorBot
  3. Teamwork evaluation sheet
  4. Resource for tutorial on how to build a Lego Robot
  5. For Maze
    • Lego kit boxes (rocks)
    • 3ft x 3ft square of black paper
    • Map that shows where robots are at


Procedure:

  1. Lecture:  NASA practices on earth before sending the robots to space
  2. Students practice programming and running their robot through the obstacle course
  3. Students record in the log the progress they made and at the end of the day debrief with each other and the teacher what their plans are for the next day


Discovery Experience 5 –  Rescue!The students will understand how robots can perform specific tasks by constructing and programming a robot to navigate a pre-designed course.


Day 5: (Running the course)

Materials Needed:

Resources
  1. "Roadmap to the Resuce" from Unit Introduction
  2. Passports (from Unit Introduction)
  3. Lego robot kit
  4. Instructions to build an EducatorBot
  5. Teamwork evaluation sheet (TR)
  6. Self evaluation sheet (TR)
  7. Resource for tutorial on how to build a Lego Robot
  8. For Maze
    • Lego kit boxes (rocks)
    • 3ft x 3ft square of black paper
    • Map that shows where robots are at


Procedure:

  1. Students turn in completed "Passport" before their group sends their robot through the obstacle course to rescue the captured robots
  2. The robots are put on the obstacle course to see if they can fulfill the requirements
    • Students will be graded on:
      • How many tasks they complete
      • The effectiveness of their code
      • Effort
  3. After all groups have had a chance to negotiate the maze, refer to the "Roadmap" and highlight the final step - Rescue
  4. Student fill out a self evaluation (TR) for the obstacle course and give themselves a grade for their robot’s performance
  5. Students and teacher celebrate reunion with robots.


Language Arts Extension

  • Write a news story about the rescue.  (see resources for the introductory lesson)
  • The robots are headed to the high school to help students understand the impact robots will have on the future.  What will your life be like 50 years from today ? Write a fictitious story about a day in your life in a future where robotics “rules”?

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Contact Info

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

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