Project Description

Students will create and customize their own robots, incorporating a variety of electronic components that enable movement and sensing. They will learn about motors, sensors, LEDs, and Arduino minicomputer. Students will experiment and integrate these components together to develop a fully-functional robot. They will then program it to move, explore, and interact with the environment, all the while linking their experiments back to concepts around energy, forces, and interactions. Students will also learn about the role of robotics in society today. They will develop skills by solving challenges of increasing functionality of motion, sound, and light.
Student assembling a robot

Key Concepts

Intro to robots and robot design; programming lights, sound, sensors, and motors; programming remote-control and subroutines; robotic coding challenges.

Students Take Home

Completed robots & remote control.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) support for 4th grade learners:

Performance Expectations Arrangement(s):

4-PS3: Energy

Performance Expectations

4-PS3-1: Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.

4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-3: Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

4-PS3-4: Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.