STEM Lesson Plan & Activities - Edison Robot Year 9

Mars Rover (Engineering)

Start the rover from a base and go to a predetermined area of concern to collect a sample and return to the base.  The sample could be to collect a sample that has been contaminated.  Could be to collect a weed?,  could be to collect a sample of soil, sand, plant, etc for any reason.  Could have a camera mounted and a magnifying glass.

 Learning intentions/ units.

Coding

Geometry/ maths

Measurement / distance

Efficiency

Power (time)

Basic mechanics

Physics

Interfacing

Timing

Sensors

Using the Edison  (Year 9)

 

Activity1

Brainstorm of the problem. Group discussion on possible options. Technologies that are available that could be used (student ideas)

 

Activity2

Introduction to the Edison including the built in sensory applications. Intro to basic Coding.

 

Activity3

Brainstorming ideas and sketching for collection device.

 

Activity4

Problem solving, basic prototyping, coming up with design concepts for the collection device to be attached.

 

Activity5

Complete a series of coding challenges for students to practice and consolidate their knowledge of controlling the Edison.

 

Activity6

Supply lego plate (this will fit on top of the Edison so parts can be attached without damaging the robot). Start to build the attachment, students can use a variety of materials to construct their design and will be attached to the given plate.

 

Acitvity7

Trial and error, testing, adaptive coding.  This could go on for a while.

 

Acivity8

Reflection, evaluation, presentation.