Training Camp 1: Driving Around
Build a Practice Driving Base and make precise and controlled movements.
- 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 (5 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 (20 Min.)
- Have your students work in pairs to build the Practice Driving Base model.
- Give them some time to use the programming stacks provided to explore the movement of the Driving Base.
- Ask them to change the values and parameters of the blocks and to observe the effects.
4. Explain (5 Min.)
- Facilitate a discussion about the importance of planning each step of their program.
- Explain what pseudocode is and how it can help in their program planning.
5. Elaborate (15 Min.)
- Have your students find a way to move their Driving Base in a square.
- Set up a navigation challenge and encourage your students to test their skills.
- Don't forget to leave some time for cleanup.
- Give feedback on each student's performance.
- You can use the assessment rubrics provided to simplify the process.
Ignite a Discussion
Navigating through obstacles on robotics competition fields is a key to success. Engage your students in a discussion by asking them to:
- Describe a field tactic associated with their favorite sport
- List all the movements they think their Driving Base should be able to perform
Have your students watch this video to see what they're about to do.
A Simple Driving Base
Use the simple Driving Base model with no sensors. Remember to use the cable clips.
Simplify this lesson by:
- Spending extra time explaining what is being controlled by each parameter of the program blocks
Take this lesson to the next level by:
- Asking your students to use the Gyro Sensor to program their Driving Base to drive in a square
- Practicing speed and precision on a larger surface, like a competition table
Teacher Observation Checklist
Create a scale that matches your needs, for example:
- Partially accomplished
- Fully accomplished
Use the following success criteria to evaluate your students' progress:
- Students can select appropriate blocks for making controlled movements.
- Students can change the parameters of blocks in iterative ways.
- Students can stack appropriate move blocks together to create programs.
Have each student choose the brick that they feel best represents their performance.
- Blue: I've made the Driving Base move in different ways.
- Yellow: I've created different programs to move the Driving Base in a square.
- Violet: I've combined different types of motor movements to successfully navigate around obstacles.
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.
Language Arts Extension
To incorporate language arts skills development:
- Have your students look for the most precise way of traveling a distance of 2 meters by exploring these options:
▷ Move in seconds
▷ Move in degrees
▷ Move in rotations
▷ Move with sensor
- Ask them to create a document explaining in which situation(s) they'd use each option, and why.
Note: This will make for a longer lesson.
To incorporate math skills development:
When calculating distances with the Driving Base:
- Drive forward for one second, one rotation, or a number of degrees. Use this as the basis for estimating the total distance based on the distance traveled.
- Calculate the circumference of the wheel and use this to measure distance traveled (circumference = Pi x diameter, or circumference = Pi x 2 x radius)
Note: This will make for a longer lesson.
Students who enjoyed this lesson might be interested in exploring these career pathways:
- Health Science (Medical & Health Careers)
- Information Technology (Game Programming)
- Learn how to execute controlled movements (e.g., straight move, point turn, curved move, turn with sensor, drive in a shape) using a Driving Base
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