Mission Goals Goal 1: Determine whether life ever arose on Mars Goal 2: Characterize the climate of Mars Goal 3: Characterize the geology of Mars Goal 4: Prepare for human exploration
4 Ds of Robotics Dangerous Dull Delicate Dirty Robonaut 2 emerges from a packing crate with the help of NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman. Photo Credit/NASA TV
“Oh, you actually DO something in your class? I thought you just played with LEGOs.”
Application of classroom concepts Technical reading Task-oriented problem solving Career exploration High interest Connections to “real engineering” Teamwork and group dynamics
1.Choose a partner. 2.Each person needs to retrieve a bag of LEGOs from the table. 3.Determine who in your pair is taller. That person will be Leader 1. The other will be Leader 2. 4.Using only the LEGO pieces in your bag, Leader 1 will create a structure using fewer than 10 pieces. Hide your structure from your partner. NO PEEKING!!
Leader 1: Give Leader 2 instructions on how to build your structure. Describe the pieces the best you can. Length Color Shape Use Hide your structure from your partner. NO PEEKING!!
no·men·cla·ture 1.The devising or choosing of names for things, esp. in a science or other discipline. 2.The body or system of such names in a particular field: "the nomenclature of chemical compounds". Why is nomenclature important?
Resources: 9797 LEGO Education Users Guide pdf Page 69 in Building Guide in kit Measuring Card
Leader 2: Using fewer than ten pieces, create a structure different from the one you built earlier. Give Leader 1 instructions on how to build your structure. This time, use LEGO nomenclature to describe the pieces and placement in your structure. Hide your structure from your partner. NO PEEKING!!
Debrief: How did the addition of nomenclature change this activity? How can this apply to teamwork as a whole?