This STEM challenge can be used during an air unit. Students work together in groups to create a parachute for a lego person. Students are able to find ways to best maximize air resistance. The students need to find the best way to increase the time that the lego person stays in the air when dropped from the second floor to the first floor.
This is a STEM design challenge using micro:bits technology to assist students with developing their understanding of force, motion, and conservation of energy. Energy is important for life. Without the principle of energy and its conservation we would not be having this conversation. The students need to understand that energy is not lost but changed into other forms that may or may not be able to be reused with our current technologies. Energy use and reuse is a big part of the UN initiative and many of the goals for a sustainable long-term future of the Anthropocene Epoch. Whenever we work on a science topic, we need ELA. The students need to be able to read, write and speak to pass their claims, evidence, and reasoning on to their peers and others. Technology has become an everyday necessity.
For this lesson, educators will need LEGO Mindstorms kits.
Students will be arranged in groups of approximately 2 to 4 students.
Students will create a robot that will pick up and transport a tennis ball to a container.