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					Engineering meets Kindergarten
   Teaching Engineering from 5 to 20
      year olds with LEGO bricks

               Chris Rogers
              Tufts University
                 3/15/2002
              Importance of
         Math/Science/Engineering
ROLE MODELS: “That’s ok - I was         STATISTICS: “I am
                                        scared to fly - there have
never good at math - I can’t even
                                        been so many crashes
balance my checkbook”
                                        lately”

             BASIC PHYSICS: “The sun goes around
             the earth. It is the other way around? I only
             saw the movie once.”

LOGICAL REASONING:                 ESTIMATION: “The
“Why do planes go faster on the    population of the world? 100
runway than in the air?”           billion people.”
                     Goals
•   Importance of Engineering
•   Hands-on Learning
•   Open-ended, creative, all skill levels
•   Motivate math and science learning
•   Low entry, high ceiling
        Tufts University:
Center for Engineering Education
            Outreach

    •   Engineering Standard
    •   Teacher Training
    •   Industrial Alliances
    •   Government Alliances

         http://www.ceeo.tufts.edu
The Tools
     What do we do with LEGO
          bricks at Tufts?

                              Teacher Education
Engineering


                Parent Education   Education Research



 Telerobotics
                            Student Education

                Science                           Math
                    The Classroom
                                College
Elementary School
         Classroom Examples:
             Kindergarten




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
         Counting and Scaling




Graphing     Reading
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Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
    Gearing + Stable Structures




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Visual Reading




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
                   Spiders




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Going the Distance




Graphing       Reading
Numeracy       Writing
Statistics     Estimation
Decimals       Engineering
Modeling       Science
              Tomb Raider




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Cooling Water




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Find the Letter


P

Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Climb the Wall




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
    Slow Car Race: Physics By
             Design




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
             Flip of the Dice




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
                Vision
             Manipulate

                          Tell RCX




Grab Image                 # sent to RCX
                           (red container)
                    Music




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
                Pendulum




Graphing     Reading
Numeracy     Writing
Statistics   Estimation
Decimals     Engineering
Modeling     Science
          Data Analysis

                          Spring Constant
   Ballistics




Drag
Web Control: SENSORS
Other Cool Examples
Even Cooler Examples
Your own LEGO sorter
A 3rd grader’s favorite
Cooperative Robotics
The sky is the limit
                Gender Roles
•   Goal Oriented           •   Detail Oriented
•   Individual              •   Group effort
•   Competitive             •   Cooperative
•   Build then design       •   Design then build
•   Know it already         •   Investigative

        • Generalizations
        • Build to strengths
        • Teach both cooperation and competition
        Classroom difficulties
•   Teaching through experimentation
•   No right answer
•   You do not know the answer to questions
•   Need to ask penetrating questions
         Classroom difficulties
•   1 computer, 30 kids
•   Computers crashing
•   Batteries dying
•   Downloading someone else’s programs
•   Difference in building skills (teaching
    sharing)
             Our solutions
•   Teacher summer workshops
•   Parent volunteers
•   STOMP: engineering undergraduates
•   Monthly teacher support meetings
Teacher Training
                            Parent
                         Involvement


Role Modeling
                 Challenging
                                       Fun




            Open-ended           Self-esteem
Parent Education Nights
    STOMP: merging college and
        elementary school
•   Teacher-student mentorship
•   Engineers in the classroom
•   Teacher leads class
•   Student covers technology problems
        Importance of Engineering
•   Understanding
•   Confidence
•   Design Skills
•   Math need
•   Science need
•   Collaboration
•   Competition
Props, stop-action films, Visualize books, Imaginative creations...
               Conclusions
• Tool set applicable to all ages
• Excites all about engineering
• Teaches all aspects
  –   Leadership
  –   Team skills
  –   Communication
  –   Repeatability
• Most time on algorithm development
Too much LEGO



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     Where to go


http://www.ceeo.tufts.edu




http://www.lego.com/education

				
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