
Grade Level: Elementary, 58

Description:

Description: The Robotics trunk is designed to help
teachers and students explore the concepts of robotics through
a series of discoveryoriented activities utilizing the Lego
Robotics Discovery Set. 
Designer: Ken Fay (UMPI science education graduate
2001) 
History: Designed in 2001 for the Northern Maine Museum
of Science Library of Traveling Trunks from grant monies received
from Maine School of Math and Science for NASArelated educational
projects. 

Educational Content

The Robotics trunk was designed using the following guidelines
established by the Maine State Learning Results

Science and Technology

A. MOTION
A3 Describe and quantify the ways machines can provide
nmechanical advantages in producing motion
.
J. INQUIRY AND PROBLEM SOLVING
J1. Make accurate observations using appropriate tools
and units of measure.
J6. Design, construct, and test a device (invention) that
solves a special problem.
K. SCIENTIFIC REASONING
K6. Support reasoning by using a variety of evidence
K8. Construct logical arguments.
K9. Apply analogous reasoning.
L. COMMUNICATION
L2. Define problemsolving strategies and solutions.
L3. Evaluate individual and group communications for clarity,
and work to improve communication.
L4. Make use of scale drawings, maps, and threedimensional
models to represent real objects, find locations, and describe
relationships.
L6. Identify and perform roles necessary to accomplish group
tasks.
Mathematics
A. NUMBERS and NUMBER SENSE
 A3. Apply concepts of ratios, proportions, percents, and
number theory (i.e. primes, factors, multiples) in practical
and other mathematical situations.
 B. COMPUTATIONS
 B2. Create, solve, and justify the solution for multistep,
reallife problems including those with ratios and proportions.
E. GEOMETRY
 E3. Use a coordinate system to define and locate position.
Career Preparation
A. PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
 A2. Use teamwork strategies and apply communication and
negotiation skills to decision making.
Modern and Classical Languages
B. READING, LISTENING, AND VIEWING FOR UNDERSTANDING
 B5. Read and interpret multistep written instructions.
 B6. Read and interpret simple printed information such
as advertisement and posters.

Contents

Notebook: MSLR support, lessons plans, assessment,
etc.
3 binders (black) with copies of the Robotics Discovery Set
manuals
Videos: "Mars Past Present and Future", "NASA
CORE: Let's Talk Robotics"
Books & Publications:
 History of Robots (multiple downloadsWeb site info)
 Introduction to Robots and Automated Systems, download
from Canadian Space Agency
 Posters:
 1 Mars Pathfinder
 5 laminated pictures of Mars
 6 laminated information cards for programming robots
CD: Mars Pathfinder Web Site
Objects: Batteries, Extra Lego gears (3) and axles
(3), 2 Lego Mindstorms Robotics Discovery Sets




