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Name of Activity Sochi 2014 – Figure Skating
Author STOMP Minigroups
Keywords Robotics, NXT, Olympics, Sochi, ice skating, figure skating, movement
Subject NXTs
Grade Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students will program a pre-made car to move around on a “rink” like a figure skater.
Lesson Objectives: – Explore the movement options on MINDSTORMS
– Familiarize students with programming on pre-made cars
Materials Needed: NXT kits (premade cars)
Material for a rink
Optional: different colored paper for conditional programming, tape to outline a rink
Preparation and Set Up: Make NXT cars beforehand.
Set up a rink, distribute kits and cars.
Necessary Background NXT Programming (including sensors)
Building with LEGOs
Procedure – Distribute materials – Depending on the age group, introduce programming and the theme of the lesson (Olympics, Sochi, Figure Skating) to get the kids excited – Depending on the age group, decide which extensions and modifications you need in place to be at the appropriate level for the students – Have the students make their robot “figure skate” using MINDSTORMS and make their routine fit into whichever requirements you give them (e.g. +1 point for a 360, car must do a 180 every time it drives over a red block, -1 every time the car moves off the rink)
Extensions: Depending on the age group, introduce restrictions and point incentives as described above.




Name of Activity Paper Bridges
Author Amanda Rock and Daniella DiPaola
Keywords bridges, paper, civil
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 3, 4, 5
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Build a bridge out of paper and tape that can cross a one foot span between desks and support as many books as possible. You can modify the restraints to say that it must be free standing or can be taped to the desks, make it as tall as possible, restrict the amount of materials that can be used.
Lesson Objectives: Introduction to sturdy structures and Civil Engineering. You can talk about force and gravity, what shapes are stronger than others, how a piece of paper is stronger in tension than compression, how you can modify the paper to make it stronger.
Materials Needed: Paper/Newspaper, tape
Preparation and Set Up: Make a worksheet where students have a place to make an initial design.
Procedure 1. Talk about learning objectives and what a Civil Engineer does. 2. Pass out worksheets and have students draw their design alone or with their partner. 3. Pass out paper and tape once students have explained their design to you. 4. Lets students build for a while and then test it. 5. If they are successful quickly make modifications like who can make the tallest bridge or give them a little more material to make a stronger bridge.
Extensions: Limit amount of material students can use.
Build the tallest bridge.
Build a bridge that does not need to be taped to the desk.
Introduce other material options.

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