This year’s Makers’ Fest and Scratch Day was a display of students’ creativity and ingenuity. The day started off with a student assembly that featured the best Genius Hour projects of the year. It was unique a experience for everyone, listening to students share how they learned about their passion.
Here is the link to the Genius Hour presentations:
Opening of the exhibit of students’ creations followed shortly. Creations ranged from Scratch games and interactive stories to originally designed robot explorers. At the end of the day, students gathered again at the MPH for the awarding ceremony.
As we finish off with the construction techniques, we wanted to try the things we learned by completing Build Challenges. A Build Challenge is a task wherein students build structures asked for in the challenge. Structures should be strong enough to support required weight. Additional requirements are given as students advance to more difficult challenges.
Build Challenge 1
Using only the NXT elements from the original kit, students create a bridge that would span the Lego box and would be able to carry the weight of my paper weight plus a tumbler. Here are what the students created:
Build Challenge 2
Using only the NXT elements from the original kit, students create a bridge that would span 2 Lego boxes and would be able to carry the weight of 1 NXT motor plus a Lego minifigure on the center. Here are what the students created:
Having numerous Lego pieces available to create something can make one’s imagination run wild. It is the case for the robotics class. A group may work with an NXT standard robotics kit and another box full of spare parts. However, it is an important lesson to cover how to build and create sturdy structures using the Lego pieces. The mechanical design of a robot is founded on the strength of the NXT elements put together.
Read about the students’ reflections on the different construction techniques: