|Name of Activity||Moving Through the Mantle|
|Keywords||igneous rocks, mantle, transport, NXT, earth|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||To build an extension to the Magic School Bus that will clear a path through the igneous rocks to gravel through the mantle and transport passengers.|
|Lesson Objectives:||- To design a structure that is capable of moving objects.
- To program the “School Buses” to travel for a given length of time.
|Materials Needed:||- Pre-Constructed LEGO NXT cars (from lesson 1)
- Various LEGO pieces
- Pre-assembled tunnel (of cardboard, book lining sides and a board for a top.
- Pieces of sponges to represent igneous rocks
- Miscellaneous objects (for extensions)
- Computers running MINDSTORMS
|Preparation and Set Up:||- Lay out sponge pieces in a path.
- Construct a tunnel with an opening that is wide enough for an NXT vehicle to fit through.
- Set up computers running MINDSTORMS.
- Arrange students in groups of 2 – 4.
- Distribute NXT cars and LEGO kits.
|Extensions or Modifications:||- Program the NXT to play a song once it gets through the mantle.
- Try moving heavier objects in place of igneous rocks.