Studies on Mars

For the teacher

This lesson plan is a mix of coding examples and individual assignments for the pupils to solve.
For each of the assignments there is a small movie, where the pupils can analyse the movement of the robot arm.

Analysing the task:

In the world of robot technology it is important to be able to analyse which tasks a robot should carry out and in which order the tasks/movements are carried out. Assignments 2, 5 and 6 are typical assignments where the pupil should see a video, analyse (and preferably write down) the movements and then translate them into the right programming for Fable.

Materials:

  • Fable joint modules
  • Hubs (dongle)
  • Lids (from the boxes)
  • LEGO to build misc. test etc.
  • Possibly webcam
  • Smartphone with Fable Face (download from Google Play or App Store)

Subject: Maths and Technology in Physics

Year: 7th. – 9th. grade

Length: 5-6 lessons of 45 minutes

Documents

In this table you can find descriptions of each of the assignments and the underlying ideas:

TitleContentCodingDifficulty
1: Accelerate the spaceshipWhen rockets leave the Earth, they need to accelerateLoops, variables and maths blocksMedium – example included
2: Save the astronautThe astronaut needs to be saved outside of the spaceshipSemiautomatic programming – use keysEasy

Own coding

3: Scanning the core samplesCore samples from Mars have to be scannedUse of camera and variables and possibly Fable faceDifficult

Example and exercise included

4: Scanning the core samples from the depotCore samples from Mars have to be scannedUse of camera and variables and possibly Fable faceDifficult
5: Replace the oxygen tankReplace the oxygen tankSemiautomatic programming – use keysEasy

Own coding

6: Space trashDispose of the trash as quickly as possibleLogic and loopsMedium

Own coding

7: Meteor stormFable Face should scan the sky for meteorsLoops within loops and an introduction to Fable Face and its possibilitiesMedium

Own coding

8: DockingTwo robots should work together and be “joined together”Loops and data comparison Medium

Own coding

9: Shoot the meteorsTwo robots work together: One scanes the sky for meteors and the other loads the canon/scannerLoops within loops, variables, data collectionDifficult

Own coding

Escape velocity

Save the astronaut

Scanning the core samples

Scanning the core samples from depot

Replace the oxygen tank

Take out the trash

Meteor storm

Docking

Shoot the meteors

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