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Jen Brown

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Legos are alive in science class

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lego Robotics at Cadillac Junior High School inspires scientific thinking through creativity and unlocks potential by engaging students in activities they traditionally love!
Lego Robotics is an elective class offered to 8th graders at Cadillac Junior High. This is a beginning course in robotics in which students need no prior knowledge in programming.  We will be utilizing Lego Mindstorm kits, LabVIEW software, and various Lego Robotics materials.  The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies.  This course will involve students in the development, building, and programming of a LEGO Mindstorms robot.  Students will work hands-on in teams of two to design, build, program and document their progress.  Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems.  Student designed robots will be programmed to meet several different challenges.

Students will:

  • Collaborate in groups and teams
  • Design robots for specific activities and scenarios
  • Use LabVIEW programming software
  • Use gears, pulleys, torque, friction, timing, sensors, and program loops to design, develop and complete robotic activities and challenges

It is hard to deny  the power of this hands-on technology and curriculum in engaging and motivating students to learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts while equipping them with the real-world knowledge and 21st century skills required to be successful in today’s global society. 

We are trying to create deep thinkers who will consider complex problems and recognize that they usually cannot be solved in one attempt. I love observing the tenacity of a group of students working for the entire hour on a single robotics challenge, a behavior I do not see with a paper and pencil task!