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StarCAMP WeDo 2017-10-26T14:10:37+00:00

Project Description

STARCAMP WEDO

StarCAMP programming robotics course

StarCAMP WeDo is a unique lesson plan that can take you into outer space. Constructing and programming futuristic robot models is a great introduction to physics and astronomy. To further spark young imaginations, some robots resemble those seen in science fiction movies.

Access to 12 comprehensive robotics lessons designed to teach and inspire. Materials for every lesson 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 plans for the teacher.

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

satellite StarCAMP WeDo

SATELLITE

The robot consists of a rotating base and a column with two models atop of it: a satellite and a space shuttle. The motion sensor installed inside the base regulates the speed of their rotation. During this exercise, we talk about human activity on the orbit of Earth.

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

astronomical model StarCAMP WeDo

ASTRONOMICAL MODEL

This interesting robot owes its shape to a set of complex gear transmissions and a few small bricks that represent Sun, Earth and Moon. When the motor is active, these celestial bodies start orbiting, just like their real-life counterparts do in space. The color sensor is used to count rotations and can be further utilized to, for example, estimate the time of rotation of one body around another. The astronomical model is very helpful in showing how the movement of celestial bodies was used (and still is) by people to measure time on Earth.

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

space battle StarCAMP WeDo

SPACE BATTLE

This model takes starfighter battles from the scenes of science fiction films and delivers them to your desk. The starfighters resemble those depicted in the legendary “Star Wars” saga. It’s impossible to predict how the chase will end, because the program turns the motor on for a random amount of time. The space battle model also gives you an opportunity to talk about some inaccuracies, mistaken often as facts, which were pictured in science fiction movies.

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

robotic arm StarCAMP WeDo

ROBOTIC ARM

This simple construction is used to transport with great precision a small object from one place to another. Operated with a keyboard and with specially designed control stick, this robot allows children to feel like real scientists working in a high-tech laboratory, or like astronauts handling unknown objects on another planet. While playing with the robotic arm, children are taught how manipulators are used in different fields of science and industry and also, how they can operate in zero-gravity environment.

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

space shuttle StarCAMP WeDo

SPACE SHUTTLE

This construction allows children to take on a role of shuttle pilot. The long paper tape has various kinds of dangerous objects drawn on it; the pilot’s main task is to avoid them by turning left and right. The special control sticks are easily used to alternate between different speeds of the paper roll and to turn the spaceship. During this exercise, students can learn more about the space shuttle program and dangers that await astronauts in the outer space.

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

at-st StarCAMP WeDo

AT-ST WALKER

This walking robot uses a distance sensor to detect any obstacles or precipices on its way. Upon detecting such danger, it stops moving. The entire robot can advance thanks to the special crankshaft that slowly puts one leg in front of the other. AT-ST model is stable at all times because of the unique design of its ”feet”. Playing with this robot is a great opportunity to talk about different ways in which robots move and about how the world of science fiction inspires modern engineers and designers.

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

launcher StarCAMP WeDo

LAUNCHER

This exercise allows to create a launcher that cleverly helps you understand how a piston works. Thanks to the worm gear transmission, the model gains enough force to push the LEGO brick from the hole, thus turning it into a missile. The launcher is mounted on an adjustable stand, which enables the operator to precisely aim at the paper target. The stand for the target is also made from LEGO bricks. While building the launcher, you can learn about the trajectory of the missile and at the end of the lesson, you can even organize an in-class shooting tournament!

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

mars rover StarCAMP WeDo

MARS ROVER

The design of the mars rover model was inspired by the famous “Curiosity” rover. Just like the real vehicle, this LEGO WeDo model stands on six independent wheels. Its movement is very slow but, at the same time, very accurate. What’s more, the rover is also equipped with a rotating camera and a sensor – attached at the end of the adjustable arm. Thanks to the movable joints, you can easily change the sensor position. This model is a great opportunity to talk about the fascinating mission to investigate the surface of Mars, in which “Curiosity” played the main role.

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

lander StarCAMP WeDo

LANDER

This simple model of space lander shows how similar machines manage to land on the surfaces of various celestial bodies. When it’s close to the ground, the lander is detected by the motion sensor and the rate of descent is reduced, which simulates launching the retrograde rockets. When creating this robot, you can learn what are the main difficulties when it comes to landing on different planets and moons, using the Apollo 11 mission as an example.

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

railgun StarCAMP WeDo

RAILGUN

This rotating gun can be loaded with any brick that fits the barrel. To fire, the operator must lock on target and run the program to stretch the rubber bands; when they build enough power, the projectile will be launched. It’s good to explain how this simplified model varies from modern ballistic weapons, huge naval cannons, or experimental railguns and Gauss rifles. This is a great opportunity to discuss what different weapons were used in science fiction movies and games.

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

droid StarCAMP WeDo

DROID

This friendly robot waves to anyone that would like to meet him. When the motion sensor on its head detects movement, our droid runs the program that puts his hand in motion. During this exercise we talk about the developement of humanoid robots, artificial intelligence and advantages of using it.

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

x-wing StarCAMP WeDo

X-WING

This model of the famous starfighter can spread and fold its wings midflight. The current position of the X-wing robot is detected by the tilt sensor placed in the special stand that supports the starfighter. If you tilt it backwards, the wings unfold to form a letter X. This exercise creates a chance to talk about the science fiction classics, special effects and how they have changed with the progress of science.

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

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