SPIKE™ Prime Set

What is this?

Define, customize, and communicate the use of a new “thing.”

30-45 min.
Beginner
Grades 6-8
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Lesson plan

1. Prepare

  • Read through the student material in the LEGO® Education SPIKE App.
  • If you feel it's needed, plan a lesson using the getting started material in the app. This will help familiarize your students with LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime.

2. Engage (3 Min.)

  • Use the ideas in the Ignite a Discussion section below to engage your students in a discussion related to this lesson.
  • Use the video to explain the lesson.

3. Explore (12 Min.)

  • Have your students work in pairs to build “the thing."
  • Ask them to play the program to get an idea of how it works.

4. Explain (10 Min.)

  • Give your students some time to come up with a purpose for "the thing."
  • Have them make changes to the model or program so that "the thing" fulfills its purpose.
  • Make sure they can explain their thinking.

5. Elaborate (15 Min.)

  • Have the teams take turns presenting their version of "the thing."
  • Make sure they clearly communicate why it's so cool.
  • Don't forget to leave some time for cleanup.

6. Evaluate

  • Give feedback on each student's performance.
  • You can use the assessment rubrics provided to simplify the process.

Ignite a Discussion

Have a discussion about the different ways ideas can be communicated.

  • What's an argument?
  • What's proof?
  • What's a fallacy?

Have your students watch this video to see what they're about to do.

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Building Tips

An Interesting Contraption
This "thing" uses a motor to rotate something from one side to the other. It's up to your students to figure out what it is and how to use it!

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Add Functions
You can easily add sensors to diversify this lesson:

  • Use a Force Sensor to start or stop the movement of "the thing."
  • Use a Distance Sensor to detect movement and activate "the thing's" movement.
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Coding Tips

Main Program

SPIKE Extra resources What is this Step03-Program - en-au

Possible Solution

SPIKE Extra resources What is this Teacher Solution - en-au

Other Programs

SPIKE Extra resources What is this Teacher Other - en-au

Differentiation

Simplify this lesson by:

  • Assigning an area of focus (e.g., a specific environment or a toy). This will provide context and hone your students' thought processes.

Take this lesson to the next level by:

  • Asking each team to include at least one sensor in their final model. Let them choose the sensor.
  • Using this lesson twice in a row, with the constraint that your students can't use any ideas from the previous class.
  • Incorporating the language arts extension.

Assessment Opportunities

Teacher Observation Checklist
Create a scale that matches your needs, for example:

  1. Partially accomplished
  2. Fully accomplished
  3. Overachieved

Use the following success criteria to evaluate your students' progress:

  • Students can describe the function of an object.
  • Students can describe the benefit of an object's features against needs.
  • Students can construct effective arguments.

Self-Assessment

Have each student choose the brick that they feel best represents their performance.

  • Blue: I can describe how things work
  • Yellow: I can describe in detail how things work and I can highlight what it's good at.
  • Violet: I can convince someone that I've invented the coolest thing in the world.

Peer-Assessment
Encourage your pupils to provide feedback to one another by:

  • Having one pupil use the coloured brick scale above to score another pupil’s performance
  • Asking them to present constructive feedback to one another so that they can improve their group’s performance during the next lesson
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Language Arts Extension

To incorporate language arts skills development:

  • Organize a school-wide "thing fair" where each team has to effectively communicate their ideas in front of a diverse audience. Find the best "thing" in your school!
  • Organize a “promote your idea” contest. Have some students play the role of entrepreneurs and others play the role of sponsors. Then switch roles.

Note: This will make for a longer lesson.

Students who enjoyed this lesson might be interested in exploring these careers pathways:

  • Business And Finance (Entrepreneurship)
  • Education And Training (Teaching)
  • Media And Communication Arts (Broadcast Technology)

Teacher Support

Students will:

  • Develop communication skills and put them into practice

LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Set

Building instructions

Python Programs

Australian Curriculum: Technologies
ACTDIP019
Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition)
ACTDIP030
Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language

Pupil Material

Student Worksheet

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