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Pendulum Game
Lab 2 - Creating the Kerplunk Game

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Launch the Engage Section

ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.

  1. Stand in the front of the room to facilitate a discussion about creating a game.
  2. Write down ideas for what is needed to create a game.
  3. Show students the Pre-Built Pendulum Kerplunk Game.
  1. Have you ever made up your own game? What did you have to do to make your game? Did you make up directions, goals and objectives? Today we are going to create a way to make a game with the Pendulum.
  2. What types of materials do you think we need to create a game in our classroom? Do we need a lot of materials? Instead we might need directions, objectives and goals. What’s an objective? It’s a reason for completing the game. What’s a goal? A goal is what the winner of the game will get.
  3. Today, we are going to create a game using directions called the Pendulum Kerplunk Game.

Getting the Students Ready to Build

Before we can design Kerplunk Game, we need to build our pendulum!

Facilitate the Build

  1. InstructInstruct students to join their team, and have them complete the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet. Use the Suggested Role Responsibilities slide in the Lab Image Slideshow as a guide for students to complete this sheet.
  2. DistributeDistribute build instructions to each team. Journalists should gather the materials on the checklist.

    Pendulum Build
    Pendulum Build

  3. FacilitateFacilitate building process.
    • Builders can begin building. If there are multiple builders, they should alternate steps to complete the build.
    • Journalists should assist with build instructions as needed.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as teams build together.
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Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • Instruct students to “Ask three before me.” Students should ask three other students any questions relating to the build before coming to the teacher to ask a question.
  • Offer in the moment observation as teams work well, and invite them to share teamwork strategies with the class.