Students use LEGO® components and engineering principles to build their own vehicles and machines, from a remote controlled Millennium Falcon to the X-Wing from Star Wars®. In later weeks, we will explore robotics, creating projects with LEGO® components to solve challenges such as controlling a vehicle with sensors, making a vehicle that will stop and redirect when it senses objects in front of it, designing a space battle between an X-Wing and TIE Fighter, and more. The challenges teach about simple machines, including the use of gears and pulleys, and include the use of motors.
Students use both LEGO® WeDo® and MIT’s Scratch® software to create programs which are downloaded to their projects. Students use coding blocks to sequence instructions, such as turning on a motor when a motion sensor detects an object in its path.