Design, build, and program a training coach to improve the process of mastering something.
- Read through the student material in the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ App.
- Plan accordingly, this project is designed to be run over multiple sessions.
2. Engage (10 Min.)
- Use the ideas in the Ignite a Discussion section below to engage your students in a discussion related to this lesson.
- Explain the lesson.
3. Explore (35-55 Min.)
- Have your students work in pairs to brainstorm about something they'd like to become an expert at.
- Ask them to think about things they could invent to help them.
- Make sure they incorporate the use of data in their idea.
- Give them some time to make prototypes with the bricks.
4. Explain (10 Min.)
- Ask your students to build and program their training device.
- Have them put together a demo of their training program.
- Remind them to describe their trainer and their goals.
5. Elaborate (60 Min.)
- Facilitate a sharing session where everybody gets to present what their training program and what their trainer is good at (or not so good at).
- Give feedback on each student's performance.
- You can use the assessment rubrics provided to simplify the process.
Ignite a Discussion
Start a discussion about how to become an expert at something. Ask relevant questions, like:
- What's something you'd like to become an expert at?
- How do people use apps to master new skills?
- How data is used in training apps to track a person's progress?
This project is designed so that every student or team can have a unique solution.
Here's an idea you can use to inspire your students' design process.
Simplify this lesson by:
- Having the teams work on a specific topic (e.g., training for a marathon), this will allow teams to share ideas and help each other
- Providing specific programs you'd like them to use in their projects
Take this lesson to the next level by:
- Asking the teams to develop a real training program for a real person
▷ Have them conduct interviews with the person to identify their needs, then verify whether they've developed an appropriate solution
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 identify the key elements of a problem.
- Students are autonomous in developing a creative and working solution.
- Students can clearly communicate their ideas.
Have each student choose the brick that they feel best represents their performance.
- Blue: I've successfully created a training program for my favorite activity.
- Yellow: I've successfully created a training program that uses creative ways to solve the problem
- Violet: I've successfully created a training program that uses creative ways to solve the problem and I've presented my ideas clearly.
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:
- Ask your students to use text, images, sketches, etc. to record their design process, creating an Inventor Notebook to document their work.
- Have them create a website presenting their training program.
Students who enjoyed this lesson might be interested in exploring these career pathways:
- Health Science (Medical & Health Careers)
- Information Technology (Computer Programming)
- Information Technology (Game Programming)
- Information Technology (IT Applications)
- Education And Training (Teaching)
- Design a solution that can help improve everyday life
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Compare tradeoffs associated with computing technologies that affect people's everyday activities and career options.
Design projects that combine hardware and software components to collect and exchange data.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Download, view or share the student worksheet, either as an online HTML page or a printable PDF