Our LEGO Robotics programme inspires children to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They will learn how to build small-scale robots and programme them to move, while exploring fascinating topics such as dinosaurs, natural disasters and space.
- Develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math:
- By exploring a variety of STEM topics, creating robots related to these topics and seeing them come to life, children will develop a genuine interest in these subjects.
- Understand the basics of robotics:
- Children will learn the basic concepts of robotics – such as the physical components of robots, how to build better robots and how to make them move.
- Learn to build small-scale LEGO robots from scratch:
- Children will use blocks, connectors, gears and motors to build robots step-by-step.
- Children will learn and understand the mechanics of building.
- Understand simple coding concepts:
- Children will learn to programme the robots’ movements using WeDo coding software on iPads or tablets. They will then progress to using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language, to design games.
- Enhance logical thinking and problem-solving skills:
- Children will be encouraged to customise their robots and create their own designs by applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
- Learn to work with peers:
- Children will engage in cooperative learning by working in pairs or small groups to discuss various challenges and to devise their own solutions.
Basics of robotics
- Meet Milo, the Science Rover
- Learn how to build Milo
- Discover how to programme different movements
- Find out how to create a motion sensor and tilt sensor
Students will begin by exploring a series of topics and learning how to build simple LEGO robots with instructions. Guided projects include:
Design an automatic LEGO floodgate to control water according to various precipitation patterns.
Examine how to make a building more resistant to earthquakes by constructing an earthquake simulator.
Students will then progress to semi-guided projects, where they will build robots based on given themes and use their imagination to modify the robots or to devise solutions to challenges. Open projects include:
Model a frog’s metamorphosis and identify the characteristics of the organism at each stage.
Build a model that represents the different communication methods in the animal kingdom.
Intermediate projects encourage students to work more independently and also involve the building of LEGO models that may be more complex or challenging. Examples include:
Investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the movement of an object.
Investigate what factors make a car go faster to predict future motion.
Create a LEGO prototype of a weather alarm device to reduce the impact of severe storms.
Build a LEGO representation of a device that will help people remove plastic waste from the ocean.
Create a model that demonstrates the influence of the habitat on the survival of some species.
Create a LEGO representation of the behaviors of several predators and their prey.
Students will explore the wonders of outer space, as they build different robots and learn how to use coding for various challenges, such as creating space-themed games. Projects include:
Design a LEGO prototype of a rover that would be ideal for exploring distant planets.
Design a LEGO prototype of a device that can move specific objects in a safe and efficient way.