Lesson #3: Ideation

Duration: 60 minutes

Objectives

  1. Review the pieces in robotics kit
  2. Brainstorm and ideate solutions

Big Questions

  1. What problem are we trying to solve?
  2. What physical features and characteristics does a robot need in order to clean up our streets?
  3. How does form influence function?

Materials/Resources

Setup Guide or Diagram

  • Preload videos and hook up laptop/desktop to projector
  • Teacher to write big questions on board for class to review
  • Setting Up the Playing Field

Sequence of Activities

Activity 1: Hook
Duration: 5 minutes
Teacher:

  • Review project objective: “The objective of this project is for students to work in teams to investigate trash collection in urban centers and to imagine, design, and build a robotic solution. Students should first aim to create a robot that gathers trash and places it on one side of the playing field.”
  • Review the Engineering Design Cycle and expectations for the day
  • Draw student attention to brainstorm and ideate solutions phase
  • Remind students of their roles (Time Manager, Building Manager, Programming Manager, Documentation Manager)

Materials/Video Guides: Engineering Design Cycle


Activity 2: Review the pieces in robotics kit and field
Duration: 15 minutes
Teacher: 

  • Review the pieces in the kit with the class or show Video 2
  • Teacher to review parts of the field

Materials/Video Guides: Video 2 - Review the Pieces in the Kit


Activity 3: Brainstorm and ideate solutions
Duration: 15 minutes for independent task
Teacher: 

  • Circulate
  • Prompts creative ideation by asking students questions

Student: Independently

  • Brainstorm and ideate potential robotic solutions in SI Innovation Journal
  • Include ideas for how and when to use sensors and motors
  • Include ideas for future programming

Materials/Video Guides: SI Innovation Journal

Duration: 15 minutes for group review/vote

Teacher: 

  • Circulate
  • Prompts creative ideation by asking students questions

Student: In Groups

  • Meet to review each group member’s ideas
  • Vote and choose the solution they want to build
  • Record final idea, sketches, and additional notes on chart paper

Independently

  • Record final idea, sketches, and additional notes in SI Innovation Journal

Materials/Video Guides: Chart paper and markers, SI Innovation Journal


Activity 4: Exit Ticket
Duration: 5 minutes
Teacher:

  • Pick question(s) and 1 activity from Exit Ticket Ideas (questions + activity = exit ticket)

Student: Complete activity
Materials/Video Guides: Exit Ticket Ideas


Extension Activities

Review the pieces in the robotics kit:

  • If a student has experience using the kits, have them be a leader review the parts with the class