June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.1080.1 - 26.1080.3
LEGO®-Based Underwater Robotics as a Vehicle for Science and Engineering Learning (Curriculum Exchange)!Developed through a series of NSF grants, [Name of curriculum] is targeted at middle and highschool age youth, in both formal, in-school classroom environments as well as informal, out-of-school programs. Through a series of four scaffolded missions set in a real-world context,participants design, build, program and test a fully-functional underwater robot. Students learnabout key science topics essential to their robot’s operation, such as gears, buoyancy, stability,propulsion, and rotation. They are also introduced to the engineering design process (EDP), witheach mission taking them through one or more iterative design cycles. !The primary building materials in [Name of curriculum] are LEGO® pieces and componentsfrom the Mindstorms® system. The large variety of parts contained in the kits enables a widerange of creative and innovative designs, and their ease of use allows students to build theirrobots quickly and encourages frequent testing for immediate feedback and redesign ideas. Forthe curriculum exchange, we will provide handouts that include: an overview of the curriculumand its missions, a list of all the materials necessary to implement the project, an illustrateddescription of how the major electronic components are water-proofed, the ﬁrst mission brieﬁng(design challenge handout for students), and follow-up contact information and website links.Additionally, we will demonstrate one sample robot and bring additional LEGO® and other robotcomponents that participants can experiment with during the session to modify and improve therobot.
McKay, M. M., & Sayres, J. (2015, June), LEGO-Based Underwater Robotics as a Vehicle for Science and Engineering Learning (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24417
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