|LEGO Education Science and Technology solutions enable young children to behave as young scientists, by providing them with tools and tasks that promote scientific inquiry. Using our solutions, children are encouraged to pose ‘What if …?’ questions. They make predictions, test the behavior of their models, and then record and present their findings.
LEGO Education follows the 4 C’s process – Connect to a story, Construct a model, Contemplate its function, and Continue improving its design.
Kindergarten: Early Structures
Gives students a tangible understanding of how basic everyday structures such as bridges, towers, and walls work while also sparking curiosity about the exciting world of engineering. Students learn the basics of building solid, stable structures. Concepts include balance within structures, ways of building structures, and stability. They also explore basic structures such as towers, bridges, and walls. They use Duplo bricks and learn about weight distribution, under lapping and overlapping, levers, hinges, buttresses, suspension cables, pulleys and axles.
1st Grade: Early Simple Machines
Young students build fun and simple models using colorful elements such as a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft, and many more. By playing with and manipulating the models, children experience pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Students will be working with gears and learning the principles of gearing up, gearing down, and how worm gears and crown gears are used. Most of the models we build in class have a moving component that students experiment or query with.
2nd Grade: WeDo
Enables students to learn, construct and then bring their models to life. WeDo comes with a cross-curricular plug ‘n’ teach curriculum pack that improves communication, collaboration and team building skills. WeDo helps teach how technology plays an active role in the students’ everyday life and is an ideal product for teaching across different subjects at primary levels such as Computing, Science, Social Studies, Language, Technology and Engineering. This unit adds a motor, motion sensor, tilt sensor, and a smart hub. Students make their builds come to life by connecting their model’s smart hub to a computer via Bluetooth. They program their build to move and make sounds.
The Amazing Mechanisms theme focuses on Science.
In Dancing Birds, pupils learn about pulleys and belts, experimenting with the size of pulleys and the crossing and uncrossing of the belt. In Smart Spinner, pupils investigate the effect of smaller and larger gears on a spinning top. In Drumming Monkey, pupils learn about levers, cams, and patterns of movement. They experiment with the number and position of cams, using them as the effort causing the monkey’s arms to drum up and down on a surface at different rates.
The Wild Animals theme focuses on Technology, emphasizing the concept of sensing and responding to external stimuli.
In Hungry Alligator, pupils program the alligator to snap its jaw shut when the motion sensor detects something near its mouth. In Roaring Lion, pupils program the lion to sit up and then lie down and roar when it senses a bone. In Flying Bird, pupils program the tilt sensor to activate a flapping sound as they move the tail up and down, flapping the wings. They also program the motion sensor to activate a tweet sound when the bird tilts down to its feet.
The Play Soccer theme focuses on Math.
In Goal Kicker, pupils measure the distance the kicking leg model kicks paper balls. In Goal Keeper, pupils calculate the number of blocks, goals and misses as they try to flick paper balls past a mechanical goal keeper. They also learn to program an automatic score keeping system. In Cheerful Fans, pupils apply a numerical rating system to judge the best performance in three subjective categories.
The Adventure Stories theme focuses on Language, using the model to dramatize events.
In Airplane Rescue, pupils learn important interview questions: Who, What, Where, Why, and How, and report a story of Max the LEGO Minfigure’s plane journey. In Giant Escape, pupils act out the dialogue, role-playing as Mia and Max wake the sleeping giant and must escape from the forest. In Sailboat Storm, pupils describe the sequence of events as Max endures a thunderstorm at sea.
|3rd – 4th Grade: Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
The kit size doubles, as well as the amount of time it may take for students to complete their builds. Students perform real science experiments with objective, record-able data. Students make predictions and conclusions for each experiment.
Students investigate everything from basic mechanical principles to advanced motor-powered machines while also acquiring key insights in science, engineering, and technology. They will build and explore machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, calibrate and capture wind, and study gearing mechanisms.
Renewable Energy helps students explore solar, wind, and water energies. They will investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion, and consumption; and use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands-on activities and exciting, real-life models.
5th Grade: EV3
Students engage in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and math. Students build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology. They are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a process of selecting, building, testing, and evaluating. They build arobot using the “Robot Educator” model. They move through a series of computer programming lessons and learn how to program their robot to complete multiple missions.
I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and welcome you to KTEC’s LEGO Education Program. I joined the KTEC team in 2012 and taught 2nd grade for three years. In 2016, I moved into my new role as KTEC’s 4K through 5th-grade STEM LEGO Teacher.
I truly believe a good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort among parents, children, and their teachers. I look forward to working with your child this quarter and watching them grow with our LEGO Education program.
Mrs. Domenk (Doe-mink)