|Name of Activity||Solar System – ROVing Away|
|Keywords||Solar System, ROV, planet, beam, bricks, plates, axles, Solar Energy, Light Sensor|
|Subject and Grade Level||NXT, K, 1, 2, 3|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Lesson Objectives:||- Program a NXT ROV to travel from Earth to an assigned planet.
– Use this activity to learn about the solar system.
|Materials Needed:||- One pre-built NXT car for each pair of students.
– ‘Solar System’ that can be laid out on the floor, which shows all nine planets including earth. These can be marked off with tape, construction paper circles, etc.
– ‘ROVing Away’ activity worksheet.
– Planet fact cards set at each planet.
– Postcards from Pluto, by Loreen Leedy.
|Preparation and Set Up:||- Create ‘Solar System’ and planet facts.
– Lay out ‘Solar System’ and planet facts.
– Distribute NXT cars.
– Distribute activity worksheets.
– Break students into groups of 2.
– The teacher should do some research on each planet so that students can discuss the solar system after the activity. Wikipedia should have sufficient information on the solar system for this activity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_system.
|Extensions or Modifications:||- Use a light sensor to program the car when to stop.
– Program the NXT car to turn around and return to Earth.
– Program the NXT to turn and stop when it is facing the sun. The sun can be represented as a flashlight and the device used to make the NXT stop is the light sensor.
|Sample Image 1||http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/5_image_1.png|
|Sample Image 2||http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Lesson-1-Engineers-Programming-and-Data-Sheet.pdf|
|Sample Image 3||http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Lesson-1-Roving-Away-Worksheet.pdf|