Stacey, though you know I am a fourth grade teacher, I am wondering what I could do to perhaps get a few of my boys interested in robotics. They are VERY hands-on and like to take things apart- for some reason, building projects come to my mind. How would you get any class younger than yours interested? Mine is an advanced class, so perhaps they could grasp a few projects we do together really well.
Besides that, could a robotics project be made into a class science fair project of sorts with variables, a purpose, and a hypothesis? Something that is measurable and observable with trials? Just curious. :)
For your boys (or girls) that love to build I would suggest getting some simple Lego robot kits. They can be expensive so maybe think grants. I have also purchased simple robot kits from a local toy store that range from about $12.00-$25.00 each. It really depends on your budget.
Absolutely, I believe that robotics could be implemented in a science fair project, especially if your students are into programming. With the Lego robot kits students can program the robots to do all sorts of really cool stuff, and that's where your students could explore variables. Here is a link that may give you some ideas:
Thanks for writing and good luck with your "builders"...I was one of those kids. :O)
Have a wonderful week!
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