SimpleMachinesbyDesign - Introduction to Lego Building...

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Introduction to Lego Building Lesson Objective: To familiarized the students with Lego vocabulary and specific building pieces. Learning Objective: To learn the names and purposes of Lego building pieces Materials: Lego Simple Machine kits or other Lego building pieces Engineer Checklist Vocabulary bricks beams Lego separator Procedure: The lesson begins with a teacher lead discussion about engineering and Legos. The teacher may ask questions such as: Do you know anyone who is an engineer? What do you think an engineer does? Who has built with Legos before? What structures have you made? Then, the students are presented with their first Lego challenge. Each student receives a checklist. They use the checklist with their partner to find the specified pieces from classroom bins or Simple Machines Lego kits. The students are instructed to find everything on their checklist, and then build a structure using the materials. Any structure is acceptable. The students are to draw a picture of their structure. Next, the teacher encourages the students to share their structure with another pair. Following the sharing, the teacher leads the students in a wrap up discussion where the students discuss the following questions: Where do you see bricks, plates, and beams being used around you in your homes or school? How are the Lego pieces similar or different? How are the pieces organized?
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The last question should lead into the final part of the lesson. Students will be instructed on how to properly care for, put away, and store Lego materials. Extensions: Students can build the flattest or highest possible structure with the allotted pieces Assessment: complete checklist and draw a picture of structure name various pieces such as bricks, beams, or plates sort pieces into correct bins teacher observations and interviews Trouble Shooting: some children will need help separating the small plates some students will be very familiar with vocabulary and building while for others this will be a new experience Resources: Lego/Tufts website- www.ceeo.tufts.edu/curriculum Lego Dacta “Simple and Motorized Machines” Teacher Guide Engineer: _____________________ Date: ___________
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Partner: _____________________ Engineer’s Checklist 1. Collect the following pieces and place them on your tray. ____ two 2x4 bricks ____ two 1x4 beams ____ two 1x8 beams ____ four 2x4 plates ____ four 2x8 plates ____ two 1x12 beams ____ 1 separator 2. Build a structure with your partners using the pieces on your checklist. Draw a picture of your structure.
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Lesson Two: Building A Sturdy Car Lesson Objective: To build a car (with a motor) that can withstand being dropped from the knee (of the teacher or student). Learning Objectives: Building a sturdy car using a motor & a pulley
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This note was uploaded on 10/31/2011 for the course CHEN MATH 251 taught by Professor Dr.belmonte during the Fall '11 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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