Novel engineering: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Description of Novel Engineering:

Novel Engineering is a framework that can be used with most books, where there is a conflict or a challenge, that the characters of the book must solve.

It is when the pupils have to solve the challenges, that technology can be used.

This is a lesson plan based on working with the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.

Objective:

The pupils have to learn about character analysis and setting analysis. While the book is read, the pupils have to try and identify the problems or conflicts, they come across in the story. With the help of The Fable Robot, they must try to solve one (or more) of the conflicts in the book, and their solution must be in accordance with the setting of the book.

Planning

• Fable Robot with the various parts
• A box filled with miscellaneous bits and pieces for building the solutions
• Notepad or notebook for writing down ideas and conflicts as we go

Teaching activities

The task can be phrased more or less loosely. In the loosely phrased task the pupils have to pick the problem, that they want to solve. If you wish a more structured task, the teacher can pick a conflict, that the pupils have to solve.

Before the pupils start with identifying the conflicts in the book, they must have thoroughly acquainted themselves with the characters and the setting. The setting in the books can be a natural hurdle for the solution of the problem. E.g. in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, most of the story takes place in a factory. Thus the solution have to be able to work in those surroundings.

After this the design process starts, where the pupils will receive feedback on their solutions, as the work progresses. Fable will be a part of this process. There is also the option of putting in more hurdles as the work goes on. In the end the solutions are presented.
Before the work with this plan starts, the pupils will have read the book, so the passages used for the lesson plan, will be re-read.

Plan:

Using the motion sensor

The pupils wrote a program, where they used the motion sensor. They made Fable detect a movement and sound an alarm, when movement was detected. They also added a program to take a photo.

Using the joint module

The pupils built a net out of pipe cleaners, and attached it to the joint module. Then the arm was programmed to catch a thief with the net. This solution could also be paired with the motion sensor, so the joint module reacts, when movement is detected.

Initially the pupils tried to attached the net directly to the joint module, but quickly discovered, that it was easier to attach it to some of the extension modules. In this case they used the hook on the phone holder.