• Demonstrate "Gracious Professionalism" in working as part of a team
  • Analyze a robot as a system
  • Understand the difference between a machine and a robot.
  • Build the "Smart Spinner" using WeDo components
  • Program the "Smart Spinner" using WeDo programming language
    • Incorporate a motion sensor as an input device
    • Discover how to use gears to modify speed (gearing up vs. gearing down).
  • Modify the design of the "Smart Spinner" to try to make it spin as long as possible!

Here is a video of the Smart Spinner in action.

Build the smart spinner using the directions in the WeDo Activity Pack. How can you make it spin longer?

Table to record your findings

Extension Activities:

You might want to try one of these extension activities (optional):
1. Check out this video about a roboticist. Do you think you might want to be a roboticist? You can view other videos of roboticists.

2. Check out a book about Robots from your library. Here is a list of some you might want to read.
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3. Look for devices at home that use a sensor. Maybe your parents have a light that uses a motion sensor to turn on and off. What other sensors can you find? Watch this video that shows examples of different kinds of sensors that robots use.
  1. Check out this video about gears. What did you learn about gears from this video? Did you see any examples of gearing up or down? Can you think of your own creative kind of gears?