WeDo 2.0 Core Set

Animal Senses

Explore how animals use their senses in order to receive different types of information.

120+ min.
Advanced
Grades 3-5
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1. Preparation

15-30 Minutes

  • Select a specific theme to talk about with your students. For example, you could focus specifically on insects and reptiles.
  • Decide how you would like to introduce this project. Find some videos to watch or information to read with your students.
  • Define the elements that your students should consider as they develop their models (i.e., using sensors to interact with the environment, different reactions according to various stimuli, etc.).
  • Determine the end result of this project. For example, define the parameters of your students’ presentations and the specific elements that they should include in their documents.

2. Explore Phase

30-60 Minutes

Introduce your students to the subject and make sure they understand the problem they have to solve.

3. Create and Test Phase

90-120 Minutes

Build and program
Have your students build and program a model of an animal they have chosen. Make sure that they use sensors as an element in modelling the animal’s interaction with its environment.

Design Library inspiration:

Let your students plan, try and modify their model until they get to a point where they are happy with what they have done. In order to challenge some of the more advanced teams, ask them to describe the environment in which the animal lives.

4. Share Phase

45+ Minutes

Make sure that your students document their work.

Use different ways in order to let your students share what they have learned and their reflections on these experiences.

Have your students create their final reports and present their projects.

Teacher Support

Students will:
Explore how animals use their senses in order to receive different types of information
Create and program an animal robot with a focus on its senses
Test your program and show how animals interact with different stimuli
Share your program and ideas