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Exploring Robotics with Cubelets

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Publisher: Exploring Robotics
Grade Level: K-5
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Exploring Robotics with Cubelets
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Exploring Robotics Curriculum for Cubelets (for Grades K-5)

Use Cubelets to present STEM concepts in your classroom.

Students can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light and other objects, move, detect change in temperature, make chirp sounds, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior.

No programming required. Instead of programming behavior, students snap the Cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees. They are controlled with simple actions such as hand motions or blowing on the temperature cubelet.

Cubelets are small blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming, no small parts to track, and no wires.

Cubelets Engineering Design Lessons for Grades K-5

This unit is designed to explore engineering and design principles, innovation and making as a way to solve problems, and to practice designing robotic solutions with Cubelets.

Each lesson plan focuses on different aspects of engineering’s unique problem-solving strategies, and throughout the whole unit students learn, “Engineers are a kind of scientist that use their skills and creativity to solve problems or change a situation by designing or making something innovative. Engineers work in lots of fields and follow a similar process and ask the same questions:

  • First – What is the problem? What situation would we like to change?
  • Second – What kinds of solutions could make this better? What could we make that would change this situation?
  • Third – When we try our solution – how well does it work? How do we know if this solution was successful?”

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Engineering.
Students are introduced to defining a problem or challenge, proposing solutions, and assessing success and also consider different kinds of engineering. Students also practice problem solving and designing solutions with Cubelets.

Lesson 2 – How does it work?
Students begin with working robots. By interacting and investigating these robots, students gain understanding of robotic components. As they explore how Cubelet components combine to form robots, they practice making and understanding design decisions.

Lesson 3 – Reverse Engineering
Students begin with working robots and by reverse engineering them learn how these Cubelet components are pieces that combine to form a whole robot. Students are guided to investigate reverse engineering and to comprehend components by reorienting individual components while keeping them in the same sequence, resequencing components before adding or changing any, and finally making design decision to add, subtract, or change components and robotic functions.

Lesson 4 – Criteria and Constraints
Students work to design robots with respect to criteria and constraints, deepening their understanding of the Engineering Design Process while tackling interesting challenges.

Lesson 5 – Design Thinking
Often Engineers need to consider who will use the solutions they make and design. Student engineers continue to: define what the problem is, propose solutions, now keeping in mind any constraints or user requirements, and then ask, “Is it successful?” by looking at who is using it and how it’s being used. Students will consider how different users might use the same thing differently, or might need different solutions altogether and also explore how designing solutions should take into account who will use the solution, and how they will use it.

Exploring Robotics Cubelets Classroom 6 Pack for Grades K-4 includes:

ER Cubelet Class 6 Pack - (62 cubes) For class of 20 to 30 with 6 groups of students. Includes 6 of 6 packs, 1 of 20 packs, 6 extra battery cubes, 6 extra brick Lego adapters, 1 storage box, and 2 USB hub chargers.

ER Cubelets Lab Curriculum - STEM curriculum with school lab license permits install on all computers in lab or use online. Includes instructor book.

Online Teacher Prof. Dev. - Individual sessions via video conference and teacher support. 

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ERCube- 20box - ER Cube 20 Pack - includes 1 box of 20 cubes ( Action Cubelets: 2 Drive, 1 Rotate, 1 Speaker, 1 Flashlight, 1 Bar Graph) - (Sense Cubelets: 1 Knob, 1 Brightness, 2 Distance, 1 Temperature), (Think Cubelets: 2 Inverse, 1 Minimum, 1 Maximum, 2 Passive, 2 Blocker, 1 Battery with charger cable) Includes shipping

ERCube-6box - ER Cube 6 Pack - includes 1 box of 6 cubes (1 Drive, 1 Flashlight, 1 Brightness, 1 Distance, 1 Passive, 1 Battery with charger cable) Includes Shipping

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