Launch the Engage Section
ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.
students how motion and force relates to our everyday lives.
- Ask students, “How can I move this book?” Explain how motion is needed to move the object.
- Ask students, “Have you ever pushed a cart?” Explain how force is all around us. Things hanging, sitting, balancing, moving, and spinning are all using some kind of force. Forces come in different forms and they all result in something.
materials for motion demonstration by the teacher.
- Ask students what will happen if 123 Robot is programmed to move forward in front of a ball of paper.
- Ask students how they have seen motion and force in real life.
students' understanding of force by demonstrating with a 123 Robot.
- Demonstrate how the 123 Robot can push or pull an object.
- Explain how motion and force works with 123 Robot.
ways how 123 Robot could get over a large bridge.
- For differentiation, if students are still confused about how force works with pushing and pulling, allow students to go into pairs and see how motion and force affect the 123 Robot.
- Allow students to use various objects to test a push or pull on 123 Robot.
- Print out copies of the Knowledge Base articles on connecting the 123 Robot to your device. If students have a hard time connecting their 123 Robot, they can use these articles to troubleshoot.You can also create a class poster on tips when connecting your 123 Robot to a device.
- Creating your own bridge prior to the STEM Lab can help in your facilitation of helping students build their own.
- Allow students to use materials that they feel invested in and choose themselves.
- Distribute materials for the bridge challenge by allowing teams a certain number of supplies to allow each team a fair chance to gather materials.
- Explicitly talk about failure and how to react.
- Allow students time to model if needed what being a good team member looks like.
- Give students the ability to see failure as part of the iterative process.
- Encourage students to try their best even after trying and trying again to successfully build the bridge.