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Using Cubelets to Create a Self-Driving Car


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Keywords: self-driving, robotics, Cubelets
Subject(s): Science, Technology, Video, Robotics
Grades 4 through 8
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: Cambria Heights Elementary Sch, Carrolltown, PA
Planned By: Garett Thomas
Original Author: Garett Thomas, Carrolltown
Materials Used: Cubelets, Construction Paper, Video Camera, Final Cut, Computer Lab

Objectives: Students will:
-Use Cubelets to create a robotic car
-Learn about today’s top technologies in self-driving cars
-Use a camera and film editing software to create a video

Procedure:
-Break into groups or 3-5
-Design and create a Cubelet car using the sensors to drive and steer the car
-Design and create a track for the car to run. Students can modify the car and track at any point as they see fit. Students will record and explain their modifications and results.
-Students will then go to the computer lab and research in their groups about the technologies involved with self-driving cars. They will use graphic organizer to record their findings and explain it on their film.
-Students will be given time to use Final Cut Pro to create a video of their experiments.

Evaluation
- Students will be evaluated on observation during their unit and a final grade on their video.
Materials: Elementary, Camera/Video Accessories, Video Cameras, Hardware Devices
Other Items: 1 Cubelets SIX kit robot blocks, $159.95 each, total of $159.95