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We CAN Do Robotics. Merry Willis Carmel Elementary School Cherokee County Schools merry.willis@cherokee.k12.ga.us http:// goo.gl/H5QUB. Please be a good digital neighbor!. Please use bandwidth wisely – don’t download or stream large files. . The WeDo System.

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we can do robotics

We CAN Do Robotics

Merry Willis

Carmel Elementary School

Cherokee County Schools



please be a good digital neighbor
Please be a good digital neighbor!
  • Please use bandwidth wisely – don’t download or stream large files. 
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
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?
Merry WillisCarmel Elementary SchoolCherokee County School Districtmerry.willis@cherokee.k12.ga.ushttp://goo.gl/H5QUB