In this unit, your students will use the Driving Base as a modular platform for learning the basics of building and programming autonomous robots. Each lesson introduces a new extension to be built onto the Driving Base. These extensions enable it to detect obstacles, move objects, follow lines, and turn by precise angles. The unit ends with a factory-themed challenge that will put your students’ robotics skills to the test!
In this unit, your students will work as physicists and engineers, carrying out experiments to investigate phenomena, principles, and concepts involved in physical science and technology. Working in pairs, they’ll go through a series of lessons that use hands-on experiments to explore gear ratios, friction, and gravity. The unit concludes with an open-ended challenge, which provides an opportunity for students to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge in creative ways.
In this unit, your students will work as scientists and engineers. They’ll immerse themselves in motivating STEM activities that prompt creative problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. They’ll work on the Challenge Mat, an engaging and motivating platform where they’ll creatively apply their STEM knowledge and expand their problem-solving skills as they develop their Space Challenge solutions.
Build a Geared Vehicle to investigate the impact of using different gear trains.
Build a Drop Tower to experimentally determine the gravitational constant.
Design, build, and program a robot that can move up the steepest incline possible.
Design, build, and program a robot that can navigate to the crater and free the MSL robot so that all six of its wheels are back on the Martian surface.
Design, build, and program a robot that can navigate to the Rock Samples, collect them, and return them to the base area.
Use the Gyro Sensor to turn by precise angles, and use My Blocks to organize programs.
Design and build extensions onto the Driving Base and program it to complete two tasks.
Build a Tilting Platform to experimentally determine the coefficient of friction of different objects.
Design, build, and program a robot that can navigate to the satellite dish and then push on it until it’s fully upright.