SPIKE™ Essential

Explore Lesson 3

Coach your team through the FIRST LEGO League Explore guided lessons and prepare them for the challenges to come!

30-45 min.
Beginner
All Grades
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Prepare

  • Review the Explore Lesson 3 lesson in the LEGO® Education SPIKE App.
  • If necessary, pre-teach these related vocabulary words:
    *information, improve.

Engage

(5 minutes)

  • Facilitate a quick discussion about asking questions to identify and understand a problem, such as the Explore challenge.
  • Encourage pupils to use key questions to find out information before they try to solve a problem.
  • Introduce pupils to who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.

Explore

(20 minutes)

  • Allow pupils to be guided by the LEGO® Education SPIKE App to complete their first challenge.

  • Build the basic model, on which the pupils can explore new ideas.

  • Pupils will then iterate and test their model to complete the next two challenges in the app.

  • The next challenges include:

  • Program the snowmobile to move.

  • Consider how the driving robot might be used in a solution to the Explore challenge.

Explain

(5 minutes)

  • Talk to the pupils using GECKO to reflect on their challenges by asking questions such as:
  • What was the problem that needed solving?
  • How did you work together as a team to solve the problem?

Elaborate

(5 minutes)

  • Prompt pupils to discuss and reflect on how what they’ve learnt in the last three sessions will help them create moving models for their Explore challenge solution.

Evaluate

(as needed)

  • Ask guiding questions to encourage your pupils to “think aloud” and explain their thought processes and reasoning in the decisions they’ve made while building and programming.

Teacher Observation Checklist

  • Measure your pupils’ proficiency in brainstorming solutions for a defined problem.
  • Create a scale that matches your needs. For example:
    1. Requires additional support
    2. Can work independently
    3. Can teach others

Self-Assessment

  • Have each pupil choose the brick that they feel best represents their performance.
    • Yellow: I think I can ask questions to identify a problem.
    • Blue: I can ask questions to identify a problem.
    • Green: I can ask questions to identify a problem, and help a friend do it too.

Peer Assessment

  • In their small groups, have your pupils discuss their experiences working together.
  • Encourage them to use statements like these:
    • I liked it when you…
    • I’d like to hear more about how you…

Tips

Model Tip

  • After your pupils complete their second challenge, they’ll be provided with an open-ended prompt for improving their models.
  • Encourage them to consider the Explore challenge, and how they might create something relevant to that context.

There are no specific building instructions for this challenge.

Differentiation

Simplify this lesson by:

  • Shortening the lesson to only include the first challenge.

Increase the difficulty by:

  • Modifying the front of the snowmobile to use wheels.
  • Consider how the driving robot could be integrated into the Explore set model.

Teacher Support

Pupils will:

  • Use the gathered information about the problem to create an improved solution.
  • Learn to use SPIKE Essential to help solve the Explore challenge.

(one for every two pupils)

  • LEGO® Education SPIKE Essential Set
  • Device with the LEGO® Education SPIKE App installed
  • FIRST LEGO League Explore Set
- Building instructions- Meet the Team: Minifigure Bios

*FIRST* LEGO League Explore Engineering Notebook

Pupil Material

Student Worksheet

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