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SafariCAMP WeDo 2017-10-26T14:11:44+00:00

Project Description

SAFARICAMP WEDO

SafariCAMP programming robotics course

If you want to take robotics out of the city, SafariCAMP WeDo is the lesson plan for you. Each lesson introduces the work of the most ingenious engineer of all time – Mother Nature! We build, program, and explore clever robot models of different animals.

Full access to 12 comprehensive robotics exercises designed to inspire and teach. Materials for each exercise include:

  • extensive introduction illustrated with graphics and animations,
  • detailed instructions for building LEGO WeDo robot,
  • step-by-step programming guide,
  • educational mini games and other extras.
  • printable lesson plan for the teacher – a great source of ideas and assistance.

Access to RoboCAMP teacher handbooks.

  • Compatible LEGO set:
    LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580; LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300;
  • Compatible software:
    LEGO WeDo 1.0; LEGO WeDo 2.0; Scratch 2.0;
  • Computer with Internet connection.

EXERCISES

gorilla SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

GORILLA

The robotic gorilla uses both arms and legs to walk. It is made possible by using a crank mechanism to power its forelegs (arms). Inside a branch with tasty bananas is hidden a tilt sensor. The robot is programmed to move when the branch is moved. In the exercise we also talk about the relationship between homo sapiens and gorillas, as well as about different kinds of endangered animals.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

dragonfly SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

DRAGONFLY

This model is very similar to its real-life counterpart: its elongated body, durable wings and big eyes closely resemble any dragonfly. The activated program will rotate the dragonfly and at the same time, move the boom in the opposite direction. As a result, the insect will always turn in the direction of the flight. During the exercise, we present several most important features of flying insects. We also point out that dragonfly is evolutionarily an old species and that similar insects lived alongside dinosaurs.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

frogs SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

FROGS

This model depicts two jumping frogs. Signals received by the tilt sensor decide which frog should make the next jump. Sophisticated gearing puts the amphibians in motion, while in the background, a fitting sound plays from the computer speakers. This exercise gives a good opportunity to talk about means of communication between animals.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

venus flytrap SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

VENUS FLYTRAP

The robot model is based on the well-known carnivorous plant. With its leaves, the flytrap lures an unsuspecting insect inside the trap, which shuts rapidly and captures the prey. The motion sensor, used in this model, decides when the trap should close. The leaves’ movement must be fast enough to catch the fly that passes by the sensor. This exercise provides a great opportunity to talk about different plants – what is their usual ”food” and what makes the Venus flytrap so unique.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

nest SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

NEST

This model features a bird and its nest. The nest is composed of three elements: a base, a pole and, atop of it, the nest itself. Inside there are two nestlings, which can be moved with long rods connected to an axis. Readings of the motion sensor installed in the nest are used to determine when the nestlings should jump and demand food, and when to stay still. In this exercise we explain the main differences between the kinds of nests built by various species of birds.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

scorpion SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

SCORPION

This model depicts a ready-to-attack scorpion. It is armed with a poisonous sting on the end of its long, tough tail. The scorpion is very aggressive and will attack anything in its sight. Once the movement is detected via the motion sensor, the motor powers up the tail that dashes towards the prey. The scorpion is also equipped with a pair of pincers, which have four degrees of freedom each. Moreover, in this exercise we discuss clever methods that predators use to hunt their prey.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

giraffe SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

GIRAFFE

The giraffe model maintains proportions of a real giraffe’s body. Like the real animal, the robot has long legs and a long neck, ossicones and a short mane. The gearing connected with the motor moves the neck forwards and backwards, making the giraffe reach for green leaves on the upper branches. During the lesson, we explain how the giraffes have evolved to obtain such distinguishable features. We also talk about various African animals and in what ecological niche they fit.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

horse SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

HORSE

The model is attached to a stand moved by a piston, which in turn is propelled by a motor. All the elements are attached to the fixed stand. The robot shows how a piston works, and how it turns rotational motion into linear motion. The horse’s legs are loosely hooked on smooth pins. When the horse moves, its legs swing and patter. This exercise is an opportunity to talk about domestication of animals and the disparities between numerous breeds of the same species.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

bull SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

BULL

This is a model of a bull that rams the gate of its pen. The robot relies on a motor connected to a rack and pinion, which make it move forwards and backwards within a narrow rail. In this exercise, we often discuss all kinds of farm animals and the reasons why people need them.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

turtle SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

TURTLE

The following turtle model is equipped with a motion sensor. As soon as any movement is detected, the turtle hides its head inside the shell. The head moves back and forth thanks to a transmission made of a motor connected with a rack and pinion. During the lesson, we mostly talk about numerous species of turtles and tortoises, as well as their most important characteristics.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

pelican SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

PELICAN

This robot mimics how the real birds fly. Its wings are powered by a complex gear and belt transmission. The model is placed on a movable base – when pulled backwards, the pelican will start flapping it wings, when moved forwards, it will stop. During this exercise, we discuss the topic of the seabirds’ diversity, their characteristics and trivia.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

papugi SafariCAMP LEGO WeDo

PARROTS

This robot is composed of small parrot models and a large mechanism that makes them fly. The launching mechanism relies on a pair of elastic rubber bands. The loading mechanism uses a rack and pinion to move the cart with parrots. During this exercise we discuss how different animals fly.

Exercise designed for LEGO WeDo 1.0 #9580 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 #45300 sets.

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