LEGO Robotics Activity Day
A LEGO Robotics activity in your school using programmable LEGO. Can be based around a particular theme and can be tailored to computing/science/maths as required.
A brief description of how the workshop would be run?:
Up to 18 robot kits for the pupils to use (in pairs), plus challenge “arena” for testing.
Build a basic robot and program it to do some simple tasks.
Modify the robot to their own design for the challenge(s) – graded easy/medium/hard for differentiation.
What age groups?:
- Works best for ages 10-14 but anything between 8 and 18 is fine.
Maximum number of children you can cater for?:
- An ideal team size is 2-3 pupils with up to 15 teams so 45 pupils per session or 135 pupils in a day
- Usually 2 sessions of 2-3 hours although sometimes a third session depending on the school’s timetable.
- Shorter sessions are possible as are half days and/or after-school sessions.
It is easier if the school provides the computers/laptops (I provide the software) but I can arrange laptops if necessary.
Challenge Kits on staging works well. Table tennis tables also ideal.
The skills pupils will be using are:
- Follow instructions to build Lego robot (one between 2)
- Simple navigation/programming/debugging (move, turn, speed, stop)
- Estimating and measuring
- Simple sensor use
- Challenge set to extend older/more able
This lines up very well with many requirements of the primary KS1 and KS2 computing curriculum (published 2014/15) and KS3 computing curriculum (published 2013).
There are more general skills in use:
- Teamwork (in pairs/threes)
- Problem solving
There are also lots of opportunities for scientific discussion around the themes of the challenge sets – for example Mars exploration, the Human Body, Natural Disasters, Food and Farming, Recycling.
If you are also considering the Kit Rental Service with free classroom video lessons , this activity day is an ideal kick-start. https://www.stem.org.uk/enrichment/stem-directory/activity/lego-robotics-kit-rentalTo book this activity, please contact:
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Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||27 July 2017|
|Last modified||03 July 2020|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Computing, Cross curricular, Design and technology, Engineering, Science|
|Age||7-11, 11-14, 14-16|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
Cost generally £400-£800 depending on duration and distance from Surrey
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