Students are being challenged to blast into Space and explore Mars with the new LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Space Curriculum.
LEGO® Education has teamed up with NASA engineers to create the EV3 Space Challenge Set and Activity Pack, which calls on students to explore and develop plans to ensure human survival in Space, as well as working out how robots can help to explore the Universe.
The pack – which features more than 30 hours of lessons alongside challenge mats and a large LEGO® brick set – will be officially launched on January 22 at BETT 2014 in London, one of the largest educational technology events in the world.
The resources have been developed to use with the LEGO MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set and Software. It will be available to buy starting January 2014.
The pack introduces students to robotics with a very current and real-world theme – traveling to and living on Mars. Students work as scientists and engineers as they progress through a set of lessons, challenges, and projects that fully integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts while prompting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork.
The multimedia Activity Pack installs into the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Software and is accessible from the lobby for an integrated learning and programming experience. It includes detailed teacher notes that ease implementation by providing explanations, sample programs, ideas for differentiation, and more.
The Activity Pack’s 30+ hours of activities include curriculum around:
- Basics of Gears: Students apply physical science and math principles to build effective robots.
- Learning Missions: Students progress through nine distinct missions in which they investigate, observe, calculate, and apply their knowledge to solve specific tasks.
- Challenge Missions: Students apply and creatively adapt programming and problem-solving skills to design and build robots to solve seven very different space challenges.
- Research Projects: Students explore, plan, and develop around three fundamental challenges aeronautical engineers and scientists are working to solve.
For more information about the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Space Challenge Set & Activity Pack in the U.S., click here.
For information on how to implement LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 in your school, or how to transition to EV3 from NXT, visit www.LEGOeducation.us/MINDSTORMS.