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Amusement Park LegoWeDo Engineering Challenge

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Keywords: LegoWe Robotics
Subject(s): Podcasting, Technology, Video, Robotics, Information Skills, Science, Journalism
Grades P-K through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: PS 21, Staten Island, NY
Planned By: Patricia Wong
Original Author: Patricia Wong, Staten Island
Enduring Understandings:
Rides (and other transportation machines) must be safe and fun.
Engineering design is an iterative process.
Essential Questions:
Can you design and build a great amusement park ride using your Lego WeDo robot kit?
What is it like to be an engineer who designs and builds fun products for people to use?
*Electricalenergy is transformed to mechanical energy by a motors.
*There are different ways to transfer energy in a mechanical system from a motor to mechanical parts via gears, pulleys, belts, and cams.
*People design ads to attract other people to a product or service.
*Engineers need to consider the safety of products.
*Designa prototype.
*Test a prototype and make adjustments as needed.
*Build and program an amusement park ride of their own creation using Lego kits.
*Design and exciting, interesting, and safe amusement park ride using your WeDo Robot kit and your computer.
*With your partner, talk about a design and draw a picture and/or use words to describe
your idea. Make sure you can actually build your idea using your WeDo kit.
*People should be able to get on and off safely demonstrated with Lego Figures.
*The ride should be fun and interesting. You can use the computer to change speeds, make sounds, change directions.
*If you have time, add a sensor to start your ride automatically.
*LegoEducation WeDo Robotics Kits
*Laptops with WeDo software
*Paper and markers for designs
*Wifi HotSpot for live streaming of this event for parent and community members that cannot be there
Observationand Final Poster
Formative: Performance: Authentic Task
*Teacher observes students working in their group.
*Are they working through problems?
*Are they using simple machines in their design?
*Is the ride safe? Is the ride interesting?
*Does their ad poster do a good job showing off the best features of their design?
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
STEM Curriculum
Materials: Elementary, Science, Computer Accessories, Camera/Video Accessories, Video Tools, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Inspiration, Internet Services, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 30 LegoWe Robotics Kits, $146 each, total of $4380.00
2 Wifi hotspots, $200 each, total of $400.00