Your task is to create a lesson plan for a future session.
Refer to the provide tempates
Your lesson plan should:
- Give a synopsis or abstract of the contents of this lesson
- Describe the goals of your lesson After completing the lesson, what
should students have learned?
- Describe the target audience for this lesson What level of
student is this lesson plan designed for? What background is needed
outside of robotics? You can assume that student have completed all of the
lessons up to this point, but you should specify what background is
- Link the lesson's tasks to some broader math, science,
technology, or societal problem How does solving this problem
potentially relate to something more than just moving a LEGO robot
around? What concepts or skills in math, science, and computing are
developed or tested?
- Detail the materials needed Make sure to note any sensors that may be
needed or specific robot bases.
- Give a step-by-step description of the lesson The students will only
have a normal after school period (90 minutes) to work on the project.
Students should finish in one period. If you would like students to
work on a challenge that would take more time, then you can split
up the challenge into discrete units. How should the mentor
guide the students? Where should the students work independently?
What needs to happen at the end for closure?
- Provide sample code Pseudocode may be used instead of NXT-G code.
- Provide a worksheet The worksheet should help guide students
and help assess their understanding
of the lesson.
In designing the task for your lesson, you should consider the elements of
successful design challenges from the article, "Engineering Competitions in
the Middle School Classroom: Key Elements in
Developing Effective Design Challenges"
(i.e., testing against nature, large
dynamic range, iteration beginning with a prototype design, and
purposeful record keeping).
You can use the lesson plans from a previous semester as a
You may refer to other resources (e.g. online robotics resources, books,
lesson plans from the class, etc.) in creating your lesson plan, but you
should make sure to properly cite any resources you use. Please refer to the Duke University Libraries' guide to Assembling a
List of Works Cited.
- Partners for Success Handbook - see the lesson template
- Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy
- ROBOLAB @ Tufts
- NASA Robotics Alliance
- PM Sadler, HP Coyle, and M Schwartz. Engineering Competitions in the
Middle School Classroom: Key Elements in Developing Effective
Design Challenges. The Journal of the Learning Sciences 9:3
2000. - in Readings folder on Blackboard
- Chris Rogers and Merredith Portsmore. Bringing Engineering to
Elementary School. Journal of STEM Education. Vol. 5, Issues 3 and
4. 2004. - in Readings folder on Blackboard