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Milo, the Science Rover: A LEGO WeDo 2.0 Activity

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Title:

Milo, the Science Rover: A LEGO WeDo 2.0 Activity

URL:

https://education.lego.com/en-us/lessons/wedo-2-science/getting-started-project-a

Content Source:

Other
LEGO Education
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In this activity, students will discover ways that scientists and engineers can use rovers to explore places where humans cannot go. Students will construct a science rover using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kit and program the rover using WeDo 2.0 Software or a compatible programming app. Students will also document completion of the programming task and evidence of learning how the rover can help scientists make discoveries. 

This activity was demonstrated during the Exploring Today's Classroom (ETC) Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
3 ) Demonstrate and explain how structures made from small pieces (e.g., linking cubes, blocks, building bricks, creative construction toys) can be disassembled and then rearranged to make new and different structures.

Insight Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter
Disciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its Interactions
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Demonstrate the disassembling of a structure into small pieces.
  • Demonstrate the rearranging of the same small pieces into a new and different structure.
  • Explain orally or in writing how the structure was disassembled and reassembled into a new and different structure.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Demonstrate
  • Explain
  • Structure
  • Pieces
  • Disassemble
  • Rearrange
  • Different
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Different properties are suited for different purposes.
  • A great variety of objects can be built up from a small set of pieces.
  • Structures can be disassembled and rearranged into new and different structures.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Disassemble a structure into small pieces.
  • Assemble a new structure using the same small pieces.
  • Provide a written and/or oral explanation that correlates with a demonstration detailing the characteristics of the new object or objects.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Structures may be broken into smaller pieces and a new structure, that is different in size or shape, can be formed from the same pieces.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Matter
Solids and Liquids, FOSS

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement:
E4.6: Some Earth materials have properties either in their present form or after design and modification that make them useful in solving human problems and enhancing the quality of life, as in the case of materials used for building or fuels used for heating and transportation.

NAEP Statement:
P4.4: Some objects are composed of a single substance; others are composed of more than one substance.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
3) Construct elements of a simple computer program using basic commands.

Examples: Digital block-based programming, basic robotics.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will drag and drop blocks of code to complete a task.
  • will run a program they develop using block based coding.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • program
  • code
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • programming blocks represent a set of codes.
  • block based programs can be used to design a task.
  • block based programs can be interpreted by machines.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • drag and drop blocks of code.
  • drag and drop blocks of code to complete a tasks.
  • run a block based program after sequencing tasks to complete a desired process.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • blocks of code can be moved around and combined into an order that completes a task or process.
  • sets of block coding can be run to perform the task/process.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
8) Interpret ways in which computing devices have influenced people's lives.

Example: Discuss tasks completed daily in which some type of device is used to make the tasks easier (calculator, microwave to quickly heat food, mobile phone for instant communication).

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will explain ways that computing devices have changed the way we live.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • digital devices have changed they way we live.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • explain how computing devices have changed the way we live.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • computing devices have changed the way we live.
Tags: computational thinking, lego, programming, robotics, science
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The Milo, the Science Rover, lesson is Part A of a four part series of getting started lessons with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kit. LEGO recommends completing each of the four Getting Started Projects in a single sequence or in order before proceeding to the other LEGO Education lessons for the WeDo 2.0 kit. The sequence is as follows:
• Part A: Milo, the Science Rover
• Part B: Milo’s Motion Sensor
• Part C: Milo’s Tilt Sensor
• Part D: Collaborate

This classroom resource was added as a result of the Exploring Today's Classrooms (ETC) Summit sponsored by ALET, ATiM, and ALEX.

 

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Author: Robert Mayben