|Name of Activity||NXT Pet Training Activity – (Intro to Touch Sensor)|
|Keywords||NXT, animal, touch sensor|
|Time||4+ Hours Total|
|Brief Description||This activity is designed for 6th graders to practice “training their animal robot” by using the touch sensor. Students brainstorm tricks for animal NXT robots. The level of difficulty can vary based on their familiarity with the touch sensor and estimated to last two weeks.|
|Lesson Objectives:||Introduce students to the touch sensor by asking them to explore its properties through different ways of training your pet dog. It would require them to go through the design process and think through the ways we train our pets and how those commands can be translated and applied to the NXT animal robotics. Important for them to think about what sort of commands they are capable of programming that would work well on the robot.|
|Materials Needed:||LEGO NXTS|
|Procedure||The point of this activity is to train your pet dog using touch sensors. Some of the activities could be to see what happens or how the animal robot reacts when you pet its head or tail. One of the students tasks or goals should be to be able to program their robot so that when the touch sensor is pressed once it does a command and then pressing twice it does a different command. Possible solutions for them could be to get their robots to lift and shake a hand, twirl around, potentially use their sound sensor to bark, or wag their tail.|
|Name of Activity||The Perfect Puppy|
|Keywords||NXT, introduction to robotics, animal, dog, programming, sensors|
|Subject||NXTs, LEGO Building|
|Time||3 Hours Total|
|Brief Description||Students will combine their knowledge of sensors, programming and building to create their “perfect puppy.”|
|Lesson Objectives:||-Teach students to program with more than one sensor|
|Materials Needed:||-Project Proposal Worksheet
-*optional: Craft Supplies (for decorating the dog)
|Preparation and Set Up:||-Make copies of the Project Proposal Worksheets (1 per group)|
|Procedure||1. Give instructions: Students are to design a pet dog. The dog should use two sensors to mimic dog behavior. 2. Have the students fill out a project proposal form. It’s important that they clearly explain which behavior they wish to mimic and how they will go about mimicking it with the NXT. Demand precision and specificity in their project proposals. 3. Once a group has had their proposal approved, give them their NXT kit and their laptop so they can get to work!|
|Extensions:||Students can continue to develop their robotic dogs.|
|Name of Activity||Animal Adaptations|
|Keywords||animal adaptations, environments, design, build, unique, animal, animals, found materials, adapt, modeling|
|Subject||Non-LEGO, LEGO Building|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||This activity explores animal’s adaptations to their environments. Students will look at
animal adaptations and then design and build their own unique animal that could live
in their backyard.
|Lesson Objectives:||To teach students about animals and why they have certain adaptations for
To teach students to design and build a model based on particular constraints.
|Materials Needed:||pipe cleaners
any available building materials
|Preparation and Set Up:||Gather an assortment of building materials (can use LEGOs or not).
Collect some research on animals and their adaptations.
Pictures of an environment that the animals need to adapt to.
If desired, break students into groups of 2 – 4.
Distribute materials to students.
|Necessary Background||Animals adapt to their environment in many different ways. The most evident adaptation
is color and texture. Camouflage is used by many animals to protect themselves from
predators. Some examples include tree frogs, polar bears, and iguanas. Animals may also
be colored to make them appear to be something they are not. Moths and butterflies
often have coloration that makes their wings look like eyes. Animals also adapt to their
environment. Giraffes developed long necks to allow them to reach food at the tops
of trees. Arctic foxes have snow white coats during the winter which they shed to
reveal a light brown coat for the summer months