MAKERSPACE LEGO: MINDSTORMS, WeDo, and Brick Projects for K-12q Makers

MAKERSPACE LEGO: MINDSTORMS, WeDo, and Brick Projects for K-12q Makers

by Barbara Bratzel

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Overview

The maker mindset encourages everyone to be a teacher as well as a lifelong learner. LEGO bricks, because they are familiar to (and loved by) so many children, are a great starting point for both teaching and learning. Children can coach their peers while mastering new skills themselves. LEGO materials provide a comfortable foundation on which to build new knowledge—robotics, programming, engineering design, digital fabrication.

The maker movement emphasizes creativity, collaboration, breaking down traditional barriers between disciplines, and learning by doing. In many ways, its rise parallels the growing focus on twenty-first century skills in education. Both are fueled by recognition of, and reaction to, our rapidly changing world. We are told that students need to be experts in the 4 C’s, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, just as much as they need fluency in reading, writing, mathematics, and science.

As many educators are discovering, makerspaces are wonderful places to learn all of these skills and habits of mind. Makerspace projects can teach traditional school subjects in an integrated way. In addition, working on projects shows kids that there is no single correct answer; that failure can be an important way of gaining knowledge; that perseverance, resilience, and flexibility, as well as technical knowledge, are vital to success.

LEGO and makerspaces are a natural pairing. Both are powerful vehicles for design, problem solving, creativity—and fun. I hope that this book can help teachers, and makers, realize the potential of LEGO materials in the makerspace.

This book is divided into two major sections: Projects and Nut and Bolts.

Projects contains • Robotic Creations—projects using LEGO robotics kits • Robotic Storytelling—engineering design problems based on stories using LEGO robotics kits • EV3 MINDSTORMS—more advanced projects utilizing the capabilities of MINDSTORMS • Bricks and Beams—projects using LEGO bricks as well as beams, gears, and other technic materials • Beyond LEGO—Projects combining LEGO with 3D printing, laser cutting, and other kits.

Nuts and Bolts contains • Explainers—brief primers on LEGO pieces, mechanisms, and simple machines that can be given to makers as handouts • Car Plans—plans for building simple EV2 and WeDo 2.0 cars • Coding Cards—coding challenges to teach MINDSTORMS and WeDo 2.0 programming.

Most of the projects include one or more student handouts. These may be copied and given to students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935673453
Publisher: College House Enterprises, LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2018
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: PROJECTS

Robotic Creations

Sensor Stair

Meet and Greet

Burglar Alarm

Trick-or-Treat Robot

Dancing Bot

Pet Helper

Robo Cook

Recycling Robot

Seed Dispersal Device

Household Helper

Stuffed Animal Comes to Life

Mini Golf

Robotic Zoo

Chain-Reaction Machine

Lay an Egg

Gumball Machine

Children’s Pet

Robotic Storytelling

Fairytale Fixes

The Three Little Pigs

The Big Bad Wolf

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Rapunzel

Cinderella

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Little Red Riding Hood

Fable Fixes

Belling the Cat

The Fox and the Grapes

The Two Goats

The Fox and the Goat

The Tortoise and the Ducks

The Peacock

The Monkey and the Cat

The Milkmaid and her Pail

The Fox and the Pheasants

Labors of Hercules

Proverbs in Action

EV3 MINDSTORMS ACTIVITIES

Gumball Machine

Children’s Pet

Robotic Storytelling

Fairytale Fixes

The Three Little Pigs

The Big Bad Wolf

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Rapunzel

Cinderella

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Little Red Riding Hood

Fable Fixes

Belling the Cat

The Fox and the Grapes

The Two Goats

The Fox and the Goat

The Tortoise and the Ducks

The Peacock

The Monkey and the Cat

The Milkmaid and her Pail

The Fox and the Pheasants

Labors of Hercules

Proverbs in Action

EV3 MINDSTORMS ACTIVITIES

Baker’s Dozen/Half Dozen Car

Wheel-less Walker

Snail Race

Uphill Climb

Drawing the Line

Timed Spirographer

Gyro Spirographer

Framed Art

Escape the Box

Escape-the-Box Battle

Tabletop Driver

Treasure Cave

Clean Sweep

Ball Over the Wall

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