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First LEGO Workshops of 2017

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We kicked off our 2017 LEGO science programming with a two-week LEGO WeDo Robotics workshop for kids in grades 2 & 3.

 

We briefly discussed simple machines and how they would be incorporated into the machines we’d be making. We also covered the basics of computer programming and how to use the LEGO software. Then, in pairs, kids chose which LEGO machines they wanted to build and program.

 

Since kids were able to choose their own projects, we got to see a much wider variety of creations! Here’s a collection of photos from both sessions!

 

The group gets started!

 

We're starting to get familiar with the LEGO software.

 

Building is underway!

 

This team chose to make the spinning top. During our second workshop, we watched a video about using this top in microgravity on the International Space Station!

 

This pair was also working on the spinning top!

 

This team made a pair of legs that kicked a "soccer ball" (made of aluminum foil).

 

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from the Children's Room!! Stay tuned for new, exciting changes and programming!

Coming Up in the New Year

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The end of the year does not mean the end of our LEGO programming.

 

In January we’ve got a two-week LEGO WeDo workshop for kids in grades 2-3 on Thursdays, January 19 and 26. It’ll be from 4:30-6:00pm. Kids who’ve already attended a LEGO workshop OR kids who’ve never tried it before are all welcome. Registration will be required and will start on December 29.


Keep an eye on our calendar to find out when we’ll be doing more workshops, including when we’ll start working with Mindstorms in addition to WeDo robotics materials.

Monkey See Monkey Drum

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At 2016’s final session of LEGO WeDo Robotics, we made monkeys who played the drums. We learned about levers and cams, then used both to create our robots. The kids programmed their monkeys to play the drums, then experimented with how the placement of the cams affected the rhythms the monkeys drummed.

 

After completing this basic challenge, the kids experimented even more! Some programmed their monkeys to make sounds, and some kids recorded their own sounds. (This part, admittedly, got a little zany.) Some changed their robots to look a little different, as you’ll see in the pictures and videos below.


Check out the different ways our monkeys moved in these fun videos!

 

 This is the first iteration, the monkey's drumming the "regular" way.

 

One student experimented with the motor speed to make her monkey drum reeeeaaally slooooowly.

 

What if the cups weren't drums, but hands?

 

Check out this creative head placement!

 

And some photos of the fun:

Diving in.

 

This monkey's almost looking like a monkey.

 

Spinners in Space!

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At Wednesday’s LEGO WeDo Robotics workshop, our fourth- and fifth-graders made tops and machines to make them spin using gears. We began the class by learning a little about how gears work. As the kids were experimenting with their spinners, they explored how the size of the gears in their machines changed the speed of the spinning top.

 

After we made our spinners and tops, we watched a video of an astronaut working with the very same spinner on the International Space Station. We discussed how our tops are affected by gravity and friction, so they behaved differently here on earth than hers did in microgravity.

 

You can check out the video yourself on YouTube. It’s pretty long, so we only watched from about 1:45 to 5:00.

 It's a pretty crowded room, but we managed to fit everyone on tables this week.

 

Getting started building the spinner.

 

Our first completed spinner and top of the day!

 

Testing out a programming idea.

 

Discussing programming ideas with friends.

 

Spinning the top in the air! (It didn't work the same here as it did in space.)

 

How long will this top spin?

Family Cooking Club

Everyone had fun with festive goodies!!