CODE/MOE/UOIT Makerspaces Project

Lesson Plan:  Grade 6 Science:  Creating a Mars Rover, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part lesson.  Part 1 involves designing a Mars Rover

Lesson Objectives:  The focus is on pre-programming your device to move over a landscape that mimics that of Mars from a starting point to an end point.

Science and Technology Specific Curriculum Expectations:

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Space

2.2: Use technological problem-solving skills to design, build, test devices;

2.3: Use scientific inquiry/ research skills to investigate scientific advances that allow humans to adapt to a life in space;

3.4: identify the technological tools and devices needed for space exploration.

Learning Goal: We are learning how to understand the challenges that astronauts experience while exploring in space and how to create devices that assist in this exploration.

Success Criteria:

  We can:

  • Design and build a rover that can move in different directions
  • Design a Rover that has a particular function
  • Research the landscape and conditions on the surface of Mars
  • Work as a class to design a model of the Mars terrain
  • Learn to manipulate the device to move through a series of obstacles

Lesson Overview: Using a previously designed Rover, be able to manipulate it through a series of obstacles that mimic the surface of the planet. Students have used Spheros and Little Bits to create a model of a Mars Rover that includes functional parts.

Materials and Technology:

  • Sphero and I-pad with app
  • Variety of ‘little bits’ materials for functional devices on rovers
  • Variety of materials-wood, paper, cardboard,

Student Accommodations/ Modifications:

Minds-On:

  • Investigate / research/ video of Mars rovers.
  • Investigate / research/ video of Mars landscape.
  • Exploration using  Spheros and ‘Little Bits”, as a lead in to specific functions.

Action:

  • Design and build a rover that can move in different directions
  • Design a Rover that has a particular function- students choose what they want their rover to accomplish (i.e., pick up rock samples).
  • Research the landscape and conditions on the surface of Mars
  • Work as a class to design a model of the Mars terrain
  • Learn to manipulate the device to move through a series of obstacles
  • Assessment may take the form of a checklist, anecdotal notes, peer/self-assessment or a rubric

Consolidation:

  • Discuss scientific advances that allow humans to adapt to a life in space.
  • Discuss the technological tools and devices needed for space exploration
  • Discuss the challenges they encountered with their designs
  • Discuss the challenges they encountered manipulating the terrain
  • Brainstorm or suggest alternatives to overcome the challenges.

Ridpath Junior Public School—Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board                                                     Adapted from eworkshop.on.ca