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Using Lego to Learn About Robotics

15 May 2014

Year 4 have been having fun investigating robotics recently. Mrs Wood and some of the students tell us about what they’ve been doing.

  • Year 4 Lego

Lego is very popular as a toy, but there are sets which are specifically designed to teach children aspects of science, technology and computing. Lego Wedo is the version we are using in Years 3 and 4.

We started with dancing birds, which taught us how to use a pulley to control movement. We then moved onto using a sensor to detect movement and gears to change speeds, creating spinning tops. We learnt how cams can change circular motion to vertical movement and made a drumming monkey.

The highlight of each activity for most of the classes was to modify the models and the programming, resulting in the children creating mini tournaments to see which robot would spin the fastest or which could force another off a table top!

What the students say:

“I enjoyed building it because, I am a master builder!” Abid Anuar

“I learnt how a motor works” Humzah Mahmood

“The cam made the arms go up and down, instead of turning in a circle.” Edruce Noor

“The pulley made two objects turn in different directions.” Asia Zanoni

“I modified the drummer to make a robotic attacking machine.” Olie Zhao