STEM Activities for Elementary Students
For children in PreK-2, robotics can introduce STEM concepts to them in a playful way, thereby encouraging them to be excited about further exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The KIBO robot kit can be used in so many different ways – sky’s the limit! Below are some ideas of STEM activities for elementary students that truly brings out fun and playful nature of KIBO.
Some Fun KIBO Ideas and STEM Lesson Plans!
Crash! How far does KIBO have to move to get from the start of the bowling lane to the pins? Early learners will use prediction, estimation and measurement to create a program to travel the length of the lane. They’ll test how far a single forward block carries KIBO, then improve their programs using the Engineering Design Process. Who can knock their pins down the fastest?
KIBO Dance Party
Let’s have a KIBO Robot dance party! Set up a music player to play a favorite classroom song, or a song connected to a world culture you’re exploring. Young students will decorate their KIBO and create a program to teach their KIBO to dance to the music. Students will learn how to create a program to express an idea (in this case, a dance), with a focus on sequencing ability. Create your own Dance Party Today!
What zoo animal can the kids create? Have they just been to the zoo and want to learn more about their favorite animal? KIBO can be decorated as a zoo animal the child is learning about or is interested in, they can create their “habitat” and program their KIBO to act as that animal in this STEAM activity. What is your favorite animal?
Using a community type floor map, or the children can create their own map, they can turn their KIBO into a ‘car’ or ‘bus’ and make their way from one part of the community to another. They can reenact the bus picking them up and bringing them to school. Early learners begin to understand how their lives relate to a larger community and a larger world. Where will your bus go?
KIBO can be turned into an off-road vehicle! Young kids can even create their own off-road course and see how their KIBO Off-road vehicle can maneuver around the course! What if KIBO could explore these ups and downs too? How can we build slopes, and how do slopes change KIBO’s movement? What type of off-road course can you create?
The city is covered in snow, and KIBO will help clean up! We will build, test, and improve a KIBO snowplow using the Engineering Design Process. This lesson focuses on building and experimentation, but you can also make cross-curricular connections to weather and to important jobs in the community. This is a free sample from our KIBO Activity Cards. Can you improve KIBO’s plow?
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