Has your school recently invested their Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) grant dollars into LEGO Robotics material and you are looking for the next step? Want a tried a true curriculum that doesn't involve a 400 page text book featuring the history of robotics? Looking for something you can download tonight and have your lesson plans ready for the next three weeks of school? The LEGO Robotics Task Card series features a simple and effective model of student paced tasks sure to keep small groups engaged for multiple weeks of class. The download includes teacher notes and suggestions in implementing after having used this format with 10 different classes of Middle School Robotics students.
The project based activity is designed for small groups of 2-4 students using LEGO Mindstorms programs. Both the novice and veteran teacher will appreciate the straight-forward nature of this CTE project. Students are highly motivated, on task , and working together to problem solve. I recently presented my Task Cards with fellow Robotics Teachers at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), where I was approached by many teachers wanting to get a copy for their own use. With the exploratory format of these cards, teachers are freed up to attend to groups that are struggling because the projects lend themselves naturally as an extension for highly capable learners with no quick answers. The teacher circulates and signs off on completed tasks with great student accountability built right into the format. The Touch Sensor Task Card is the second in my Task Card series and is meant to be used after students have completed the Basic Movement project.