Use Lego Mindstorms Robotics kits to teach STEM. Your students will go crazy over this challenging assignment !!
This robotics project is a perfect culminating activity after doing my "Stem: Simple Machines Experiment" lessons since many robot mechanical parts are simple machines. Applied knowledge !
Lego Simple Machine kits & Robotics kits have interchangeable parts, increasing the value.
For robotics I used the "LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Base Set Product ID W991412" available from Lego Education. Lego is constantly updating & newer versions could be used just as effectively.
The robotics challenge is a great follow up to electricity & magnetism lessons also.
The activity works best in groups of 3-5 students per kit. Students can perform multiple roles for their team.
Professional advice about team jobs was provided by an robotics engineer from a solar panel manufacturer.
Even if you're not confident with robotics, the Lego Mindstorms kit contains a very simple yet detailed picture book & CD to guide you through constructing & programming a basic robot. Your students will take it from there & blow your mind with their modifications !!!