Advanced Ev3 Robotics Lesson For Superstars – Problem Solving
My first year teaching STEM was relatively simple from a curriculum design perspective. I knew that grades 5 & 6 would be robotics, and 7 & 8 would be 3D printing (Grade 4 Was a mystery, but I knew I'd figure it out eventually). As none of my students had previous exposure to Robots or 3D printing I could just give my grades 5 & 6 the same lesson, and give my grades 7 & 8 the same lesson. After they had the basics, I would go advanced the next year. The problem was that though I found some basic Ev3 lessons, there didn't seem to be an Advanced Ev3 Robotics Lesson to look at anywhere.…

Ev3 Robotics Lesson for Superstars: #2 – Turning
Just like any other lesson, once students have mastered the basic form it is time to add complication. This Ev3 Robotics Lesson is designed to pick up where the last one left off. If you haven't checked out Lesson 1, you should do so before starting this one. Go ahead, we'll wait. Great, glad you're back! Here we expand on the basics of moving forward, and backwards given distances, and add the turning complication. To begin with we will be turning 90 degrees in either direction with the Lava Challenge. Once we have mastered the 90 degree turn we can move on to turns of different angles. We are also continuing our exploration of the big ideas that computers execute commands in a sequence, and that computers are precise. Additionally, we are introducing annotation, and discussing how to grade the computer programs written by our students.…

Ev3 Robotics Lesson for Superstars: Lesson 1
I came to STEM education by way of working in an after school program where I taught an Ev3 Robotics Lesson to students in grade 4-8. At the time, I was beginning my career in education, working on an MA in English, and hadn't programmed a computer since college in the late 1990's. The after school program director handed me an Ev3 education kit, and had me learn how to use it over Christmas break. I had a little more than a week (crammed full of holiday stuff) to not only learn an Ev3 Robotics Lesson myself, but to also create a lesson to teach twelve students. This post is designed to help you avoid the brain damage I suffered at my own hands by giving you a good place to start, and some resources for further exploration.…