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We can do robotics

We CAN Do Robotics

Merry Willis

Carmel Elementary School

Cherokee County Schools

[email protected]


Please be a good digital neighbor

Please be a good digital neighbor!

  • Please use bandwidth wisely – don’t download or stream large files. 

The wedo system

The WeDo System

Getting started with students

Getting Started with students

  • Introducing the kits

  • Introducing the software

  • K-2

  • 3-5

  • Centers? Whole Group? Small Groups?

  • Don’t Forget the Parents!

What comes in the box

What Comes in the Box?

  • USB Hub – provides power and communication for the Sensors and Motors.

  • Motor– provides motion (rotational) at different power levels

  • Tilt Sensor – Useful for cause and effect programming – can send signal when tilted in 6 different ways.

  • Motion Sensor – Detects motion, also useful for cause and effect. Range of 15 cm or 6 inches.

  • Software – What makes it all work!

  • Building Elements – Various Lego pieces to build your creations with!

  • PowerPoint overview of elements

  • Element Bingo Game

The software

The Software

  • http://aux.legoeducation.us/WeDoMastery/Introduction.html

Included activities in the teacher s guide

Included Activities in the Teacher’s Guide

  • 4 thematic Units

    • Amazing Mechanisms – Physical Science Focus

    • Wild Animals – Technology Focus

    • Play Soccer – Mathematics Focus

    • Adventure Stories – Language Focus

  • “Getting Started” Guide with overviews of parts and building

  • There are also Extension Activities that can be purchased.

Classroom management tips

Classroom Management Tips

  • Number the kits or separate into part containers

  • Have an “Inventory Squad” to help make sure kits are complete

  • Groups of three are difficult. When learning the programming and building groups of 2 are ideal – for challenges groups of 5 or more (with the larger classes) work well – Think about introducing in a centers rotation – requires less kits, more cost effective.

  • Ask parents for donations of old Lego sets – the pieces will come in handy! (Especially the little-bitty rods, cams, bushings and pegs!) Use ebay to buy bulk lots of bricks. Boxtops and CokeRewards have a great bulk brick set as well!

  • Invest in a brick separator (I actually bought one per student kit) – it will reduce the amount of times you have to help students break apart pieces! 

  • http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Brick-Separator-630?p=630

Wedo possibilities

WeDo Possibilities!

  • http://clickbrick.wordpress.com/tag/lego-wedo/

The creative building challenge

The Creative Building Challenge

  • Easy – Design a device that will move a paperclip in some fashion.

  • Intermediate – Design a model of a see saw or other moving playground equipment.

  • Advanced – Create a vehicle that will move along the “ground”.

We do kits and scratch programming software

We Do Kits and Scratch Programming Software

  • YES! They work together!  Can be an input or output device – unlimited possibilities – a controller for a game, an action upon completion!

  • Scratch and WeDo resource site (MIT)

  • WeDo / Scratch Mini Guide

  • Scratch and WeDo ideas

  • Chain Reaction Example

So what s the cost

So – What's the cost?

  • http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/search/wedo

  • Look at Bundles!

  • Get Started and add more as you get funds:

    • Get a site license for the software ($299.95), then add the $129.99 kits as finances allow – more expensive than a bundle in the long run, but allows you to gradually add

We can do robotics

Find $$$$$

  • Lego Education Grant Services:

    • http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/grants/ or subscribe to their emails (monthly)


  • Community Resources

Expansion possibilities

Expansion Possibilities

  • Resource Kits

  • Scenery Kits

  • Individual Elements (Ideal if going with Scratch for programming)

    • Motor

    • Hub

    • Tilt Sensor

    • Motion Sensor

    • LIGHTS!!

Questions and ideas

Questions and Ideas

  • What questions do you have?

  • What are some ideas that you have for implementing Lego WeDo Robotics in your classroom?

We can do robotics

Merry WillisCarmel Elementary SchoolCherokee County School [email protected]://goo.gl/H5QUB

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