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LEGO computer control

Learn how to program a robot to complete a series of increasingly difficult challenges.

LEGO computer control

This in-school workshop runs for a complete day and involves the children working in teams of 3 to build a robotic vehicle using LEGO Mindstorms. Students then program their robots to complete a series of increasingly difficult challenges. Each challenge builds on the previous one and progressively introduces the use of sensors to provide feedback control to the robot.

Throughout the day students will learn about where computers are used and begin to see how essential computer control has become to our lives. They will also enhance their teamwork, communication skills and resilience during this very popular workshop.

Capacity

Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 33 participants.

 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

Topics

  • Electricity

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

Good for a career in...

  • Computing
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