|Name of Activity||Animal Mimicry (with LEGO)|
|Keywords||mimicry, animals, behavior, movement, adaptation, 1 Hour Total, 4-6|
|Subject||NXTs, Simple Machines|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||This activity involves using LEGO robotics to mimic animal movements.|
|Lesson Objectives:||To think about the different animal movements and how man has mimicked them and
used them in various applications.To learn to use RCX/Simple Machine kits to simulate a simple controlled motion.
|Materials Needed:||RCX Kits/ Simple Machines Kits.Can also be done using NXT kits.|
|Preparation and Set Up:||Brainstorm some animal movements that man has mimicked, (example: a scissors
mimics biting and tearing of teeth), so that you can lead a classroom discussion.You may want to bring in examples, pictures of examples or video examples.
|Necessary Background||Vocabulary: Adapation|
|Procedure||1) Discuss various animal movements. 2) Discuss how man has mimicked certain motions and used it in various everyday tools. 3) Ask the students to use legos and motors to build a structure that mimcs an animal’s movement.|