SPIKE™ Prime Set

The Crane Mission (2019)

Coach your team through a real FIRST LEGO League mission and prepare them for the challenges to come!

45-90 min.
Beginner
Grades 6-8
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Lesson plan

1. Prepare

  • Read through the student material in the LEGO® Education SPIKE App.
  • To complete this lesson, your students could use the Advanced Driving Base model and the Dozer Blade and Lift Arm attachments.

Engage (10 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.

Explore (30 Min.)

  • Ask them to set up the Crane model on the game field.
  • Have them follow the instructions to write a program to drive their robot to the Crane and activate it.

Explain (10 Min.)

  • Facilitate a discussion about the key functionalities of the robot in triggering the crane to drop the Building Units.

Elaborate (40 Min.)

  • Have each team practice lining up their robot and sending it on a mission to activate the Crane.
  • Ask if they noticed anything they should be especially aware of for mission (e.g., the crane can be rotated before activating so that it drops the building module in a different location).
  • Prompt a discussion about how they could rotate the Crane before activating it.
  • 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

Use these questions to engage your students in a discussion about how they can use what they've learned so far to successfully complete this mission:

  • What's the robot doing?
  • How does the robot reach the Crane?
  • How does the robot activate the Crane?
  • What's the ideal balance between speed and accuracy for this mission?

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

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Building Tips

Setting Up the Crane Model
Share these tips with your students as they're setting up the crane:

  • Make sure the crane is built correctly and operates as it should.
  • Carefully apply the Dual Lock and correctly position the crane on the mat.
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Activating the Crane

  • Try activating the blue levers to ensure the crane releases and pivots smoothly.
  • Reset your crane after each activation.
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Setting Up the Crane on the Mat
Here's the correct position of the crane model on the playing surface:

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Coding Tips

Main Program

SPIKE Competition Ready The Crane Step03-Program - en-us

Possible Solution

SPIKE Competition Ready The Crane Teacher-Solution - en-us

Differentiation

Simplify this lesson by:

  • Focusing on the robot's accuracy in following the line to reach the Crane
  • Solving one part of the mission with your students as a group

Take this lesson to the next level by:

  • Challenging your students to rotate the Crane before activating it
  • Assigning another one of this year's FIRST LEGO League challenges to be done before or after this mission

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 worked well as a team to complete one Crane mission.
  • Students worked together as a team to complete all of the Crane missions.
  • Students can present their robot, program, and mission strategy, explaining how they've successfully completed each Crane mission.

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

  • Blue: I've successfully completed one mission.
  • Yellow: I've successfully completed all of the missions.
  • Violet: Along with my team, I've presented our robot, program, and mission strategy to our coach with each team member participating.

Peer-Assessment
Encourage your students to provide feedback to others by:

  • Having one student score the performance of another using the colored brick scale above.
  • Asking them to present constructive feedback to each other 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:

  • Have your students prepare and deliver a presentation about how they developed an effective strategy for completing the Crane Mission in the shortest amount of time.

Note: This will make for a longer lesson.

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

  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Pre-Engineering)
  • Information Technology (Computer Programming)
  • Construction and Architecture (Architecture)

Teacher Support

Students will:

  • Complete their first FIRST LEGO League mission
  • Have their robot interact with the game field

LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Set
LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set
FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Set

NGSS
MS-ETS1-4
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

CSTA
2-AP-11 6-8
Create clearly named variables that represent different data types and perform operations on their values.
2-AP-14 6-8
Create procedures with parameters to organize code and make it easier to reuse.
2-AP-19 6-8
Document programs in order to make them easier to follow, test, and debug.

Common Core
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.B.4
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Student Material

Download, view or share the student worksheet, either as an online HTML page or a printable PDF