LEGO® Brick Building and Robotics for Kids

Advanced LEGO® WeDo™ Junior Robotics

Ages 9 - 12

The Bricks 'n Bots robotics class uses the LEGO® Education curriculum to teach students how to build LEGO® models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy.

 

Students will work in pairs using a LEGO® WeDo™ Junior Robotics construction set and a netbook computer.  All equipment and materials will be provided and are for use in class only.  Themes for the activities covered during the 4 weeks of class will include Amusement Park, with a ferris wheel, carousel, and finish line; and Construction Site, with a forklift, tower crane, and draw bridge.  

 

Instructor to student ratio is 1:6.

Class size limited to 12 students.



 
Ferris Wheel    
Students will build and program a mechanical ferris wheel that rotates using gears and a motor and axle mechanism.  Triggered by a motion sensor, the model rotates and stops for passengers.
  
Carousel   
Students will build and program a mechanical carousel that rotates on its base using a crown gear configuration.  Triggered by a tilt sensor, the model will rotate at different speeds and in different directions.
  
Finish Line     
Students will build and program a mechanical finish line that waves a signal flag using a system of levers.  Triggered by a motion sensor, the flag will signal when a driver has won the race.
  
Forklift
Students will build and program a mechanical forklift that moves a load using a pulley and belt configuration.  Triggered by a tilt sensor, the forks on the model lift and lower a pallet.

Tower Crane
Students will build and program a mechanical tower crane that rotates on its base using a worm gear configuration and a hand crank.  Triggered by a tilt sensor, the lifting hook will be raised and lowered using a motor and belt-driven pulley.

Drawbridge
Students will build and program a mechanical drawbridge that moves using a worm gear configuration.  Triggered by a motion sensor, the drawbridge will rise and lower for passing boats.

 

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