Amount Funded: $800.00
Over the last several years, computer programming and robotics has become an essential K-12 curriculum component that fosters 21st century skills such as creativity, communication and collaboration while simultaneously increasing cognitive development in reasoning and mathematical concepts. Lego Mindstorms, a popular robotics kit used in school robotics programs, makes learning simple computer programming and engineering concepts fun, increases engagement among students, while simultaneously providing them with real world relevance. The goal of my project is to introduce and expose 4th to 6th grade students to computer programming and robotics using Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms is an educational robotic system that provides students with the ability to learn to design, program and control fully-functional robots that carry out life-like automated tasks. As a tool used in the real world, Lego Mindstorms kits teach and reinforce various physical science and technology concepts such as force, motion, measurement, energy, magnetism, and more, that provide fun and engaging hands-on experiences for students. It is the intent of this project to encourage students to think 'out of the box' as well as recognize the impact robotics can make, especially within medicine, space, transportation, safety, agriculture, the environment, and more.