The SPIRIT Project Educational Robotics Lesson Building Block Template Author: Lisa Showalter and Derrick Nero Grade Level: 8__ Date: __Aug 1, 2006__ |
Directions: Directions: Definition of a Lesson Building Block: This is a "Lesson Building Block" from the SPIRIT educational robotics institute. A 'lesson building block' is in essence an educational activity that might be later turned into a more formal classroom lesson by a creative teacher. The SPIRIT Institute is striving to put a variety of "lesson building blocks" up on the web for the potential use of teachers as they try to prepare more formal educational lessons using the TekBot robotics platform.
I. Concepts (Give a list of one or more concepts that might be taught using this activity)
Physics concepts: speed, velocity, acceleration.
Mathematics concepts: graphing: dependent and independent variables, line graphs, bar graphs, plotting ordered pairs.
II. Standards: (Standards for Technological Literacy)
Physics concepts: speed, velocity, acceleration.
Mathematics concepts: graphing: dependent and independent variables, line graphs, bar graphs, plotting ordered pairs.
III. Learning Activity Context (Describe the overall context for the learning activity)
Context: Moving TekBot
Abstract: In this activity, students will be working in cooperative groups to investigate the speed of a moving TekBot in a variety of ways. Groups will construct mazes that vary with regards to turn formations, inclines and degrees of difficulty. Groups will then traverse the maze using the TekBot gathering data throughout the course. Data to be collected may include: total distance of the course, distance between five course points, total time expired, time travel expired between course points, etc. Students will then use this data to calculate and visually represent findings relating to speed.
IV. Teacher and Student Suggestions/Tips
V. Teacher Questions
(Give a list of questions that teachers might ask students during the activity)
VI. Assessment Ideas
(Give an idea or two about how the lesson activity might be assessed)
Students could be assessed on their ability:
-to construct and organize a data table.
-to calculate speed given authentic data.
-to construct graphs given authentic data.
VII. Other Information
(Give any other information that might be useful or a visual or two)
This lesson provides student with an authentic experience that allows them the opportunity to work with a hands-on device to gather and organize data, use mathematical formulas and to then tie their understanding to real-world applications. The activity is a springboard that provides for discussion and extension beyond what we have included in this lesson.
VIII. List of materials
1 working TekBot per lab group, masking tape, a variety of wood planks/blocks, 1 stop watch per lab group, a variety of objects to use for obstacles, plenty of floor space for maze construction, meter sticks/metric rulers