Introduces building and coding using the motor further, making it turn for a set amount of time and then change direction.
Max and Mia’s story can introduce the topic to your students and set the stage for your classroom discussion.
Read the following story aloud or allow your students a few minutes to read it on their own.
Max and Mia listen to the news. They hear about satellites controlled by scientists.
Sometimes satellites need to move to avoid meteors.
They want to build their own satellite.
Max and Mia need your help!
Words you might need to introduce to your students: satellites, scientists, meteors
Students should follow the building instructions to build the model of the satellite.
Please be aware that the building time can vary depending on the students’ prior knowledge of building with LEGO® bricks.
Please ensure that the Smarthub has fresh batteries or that the Smarthub Rechargeable Battery is charged.
To make it easier for the students to connect with the right Smarthub, it is recommended that you name the Smarthubs (e.g., WeDo001,WeDo002) prior to the lesson. This can be done in the connection center.
This program will make the satellite turn at a motor power of 1 for 3 seconds.
Explain to each other how the satellite works.
Once the students have created and run their programs, ask them to think about and explain the program and the function of the satellite.
They should be able to answer questions like:
Use this optional extension task to build on students' prior learning as they investigate additional ways of using the Motor Power Block.
Students can change the direction of the satellite by pressing once on the Motor This Way Block, or by dragging a Motor That Way Block into the program string.
Students can make the satellite turn for a longer period of time by changing the number shown on the Motor On For Block.
Giving timely feedback can help students to further develop their newly-acquired skills. This can be done in several ways, including:
You can use the assessment criteria below as guidance:
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