LEGO Robotics Activity Day

BJPCE Limited

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 to provides the computers/laptops (I provide the software) but I can arrange laptops if necessary.


Expected outcomes

 

 

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
  • Perseverance

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

To book this activity, please contact:
Brian Egles
07785 527324
brian.egles@bjpce.co.uk
http://bjpce.co.uk/schools/lego/

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KT22 Leatherhead Surrey
England

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12 Reviews

Chris Kneller Posted April 16, 2014

A really superb day which introduce not only the students to the EV3 but also the teachers! Clear instructions and friendly manner made sure that day was a really enjoyable and fun but at the same time a great learning experience, The students haven’t stopped talking about it and can't wait to move and and find out more the EV3 models. Many thanks!

Mrs Chown Posted May 19, 2014

Brilliant 3 hour session with Year 9 pupils. Kept them busy programming also excellent differentiation through tasks and equipment used. Pupils have already asked, when do I plan to do it again!

Dr E. Demoncheaux Posted June 12, 2014

Thanks SO much for running the LEGO workshop at Battle Abbey School… it was fantastic and feedback from everyone was just brilliant.
Many thanks again
ED

Katie Holden Posted September 2, 2014

Thanks for a brilliant day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and so did the children. It was such a great set of activities and challenges for all my class to access no matter their academic ability, gender or level of prior experience. You were very approachable and supportive and the kids have already asked if they will get to do it again!
Many, many thanks from Year 5 at Oakfield Junior School.

Juliette Tommons Posted November 6, 2014

Brian delivered an amazing lego robotics activity day to our Year 6 pupils. The children were so engrossed, they chose not to go out to play! Brian brought enough lego kits for the children to work in pairs – this made sure all children were fully engaged and on task throughout; differentiation was excellent through extension challenge tasks. This day ticks many of the computing skills we felt lacking in confidence to deliver. We will certainly book again next year.

Sarah Ingrams Posted February 4, 2015

This is the second time we have had Brian back to help out on one of our deep learning days. The first time Brian walked in at an unexpected chaotic morning. A member of staff had resigned 15 minutes prior. Brian was calm and collected and just told me to do what I need to do and he will sort kids. He took my year 10 computing class and they absolutely loved the time they had with him. It was practical and challenging. He didn’t bore them with talk he got them straight onto the computers using the robots. The second time was luckily not as chaotic. However, I was on mat leave and came back especially for that day. It was again outstanding and teachers can have as little or much input as they wish. Again Brian was hands on and managed the day well. We had laptops set up in the hall. He had a range of girls from yr9 to yr11. They all had lots of fun and even asked the next lesson apparently when he is coming back. (They don’t get that excited about us- you must have bribed them!!) will definitely get him back in.

Hilary Copeland Posted February 6, 2015

We booked Brian to work with a mix of Years 4 & 5, and 6 & 7 in workshops of 30 as a Transition event. The children worked in pairs with their own lego kit and had a fantastic time. They were fully engaged throughout and wanted to overcome the problems their robots met. There was plenty of scope for differentiation as Brian had lots of challenges they could aim for. Would strongly recommend the activity and hope to book again.

Dan Brown Posted February 9, 2015

Thanks for a brilliant day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and so did the children. It was such a great set of activities and challenges for all the classes to access no matter their academic ability, gender or level of prior experience. You were very approachable and supportive and the kids have already asked if they will get to do it again!
Brian brought enough lego kits for the children to work in pairs – this made sure all children were fully engaged and on task throughout; differentiation was excellent through extension challenge tasks. This day ticks many of the computing skills we felt lacking in confidence to deliver. We will certainly book again next year.
Brian was able to adapt and change in order to meet our requirements and topic.
Many, many thanks from Year 5 at The Chandler CofE junior school

Tim Read Posted February 24, 2015

We booked Brian as part of our Year 7 Computing day. The students thoroughly enjoyed working with the Lego kits, the feedback from students was excellent and they felt that they had gained a lot of knowledge during the session.

Deirdre Duffy Posted June 25, 2015

Our Year 8 did this and loved it. They had a three hour session. It’s very flexible. The more able enjoy gaining points by doing challenges. The less able just get the basics working. They were all engaged and they all made progress. Our maths teachers got involved and used it as an opportunity to calculate distance and angles. Brian brings everything with him, he sets it all up and packs it all away very quickly and efficiently. Excellent value for money. An RS teacher was overheard in the staff room saying – “I did my first programming yesterday”.

James Bridges Posted July 13, 2015

We booked Brian for a Year 10 Computing day. Two hour sessions with 30 students. Brian supplied 15 robots and two challenge areas. The students were taught how to build and program the robots very quickly which was great as it allowed them to experiment with their robots for the rest of the time. Feedback from the students was great. Thanks.

Tamsin Posted February 10, 2017

Brian came to Downsend for a full day. Three 2 hour sessions. All the robotic equipment supplied by Brian. He was enthusiastic, patient and knowledgeable. We will be booking him again for next years STEM event

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