Read More about Lego Robotics
If you’re interested in learning more
about using Lego Robotics in your
classroom or starting a FIRST Lego
League club, check out ISTE’s book on
the subject, Getting Started with Lego
Robotics: A Guide for K– 12 Teachers
by Mark Gura. Written for beginners,
this book explains Lego Robotics
in detail—what it is, what student
activities look like, how to begin,
how to manage a class, how robotics
relate to standards, and much more.
It includes more than a dozen
interviews with educators, trainers,
and students and makes a case
for using Lego Robotics in STEM
education. Order it at iste.org/robots.
of power, which are important parts
of the curriculum. One of his favorite
lessons involves demonstrating that
rotating a DC motor turns it into a
generator, enabling students to generate electric currents to light an LED.
When they connect two motors together and rotate one, the other motor
also rotates but in the opposite direction. This is an application of Lenz’s
Law, which can be a tricky concept
for students to understand without
a hands-on demonstration.
Hard and Soft Skills
Ian Chow Miller, a teacher at Frontier
Junior High School in Graham, Wash-
ington, USA, teaches an Introduction to
Robotics course. Students take it as an
elective in seventh or eighth grade and
use Lego Robotics materials to learn two
separate sets of skills—hard and soft.
Ian Chow Miller’s “Wave” activity video:
Lego Robotics Mindstorms:
Mark Gura was a middle school teacher for 18 years before becoming director of instructional technology for New York City Public Schools in New York, USA. He has developed several programs to
establish Lego Robotics and FIRST Lego League
in NYC schools.