Mechatronics Engineering

Program ● Interactive ● Grades 3-8

Eureka! Kelvin has finally done it! He has created a perpetual motion machine. But what is this?! An evil genius has stolen Kelvin's masterpiece - oh no! Kelvin is now looking for a trustworthy team to develop and test new gadgets that will help him find and safeguard his perpetual motion machine. Explore the basics of mechatronics engineering and logic based programming as students use littleBits and work together to design gadgets, tools, and machines that will help kelvin get out of any sticky situation he may encounter.

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering that focuses on both electrical and mechanical engineering.

Introduction to littleBits

Students will work with littleBits® to explore circuits and electrical engineering. They will also be exploring aerospace engineering and astronomy by building a star projector to bring a dark room alive with their very own handheld galaxy. The littleBits® will be used to bring the projector to life.

Chart the Stars

Students will work with littleBits® to explore circuits and electrical engineering. They will also be exploring aerospace engineering and astronomy by building a star projector to bring a dark room alive with their very own handheld galaxy. The littleBits® will be used to bring the projector to life.

Don’t Look Down

Rumor has it: Kelvin the robot has finally done the impossible! He’s created a perpetual motion machine. Unfortunately, the box that the machine was being stored in has gone missing from Kelvin’s lab. We’ve located the box in a remote village deep within the South American rainforest. It’s up to you to band together to find the box, bring it back and uncover Kelvin’s secret machine. Today, wewill divide up into scouting parties and set out to locate the machine and bring it safely home.

Electric Torch

Students will work with littleBits® to explore circuits and electrical engineering. littleBits® allow students to explore circuits with easily magnetic bits. Before light bulbs and electricity, fire was used to light up rooms and the dark. Now with technology, we have lamps and flashlights to light up the dark. Students will be using littleBits® to make cross between fire and electric light.

Gumball Machine

In this lesson, students will create their very own gumball machine. The most difficult part of the challenge is designing and building the mechanism that will only release a few gumballs at a time. Students will apply their knowledge of gravity, incline planes, and other simple machines to refine their device to dispense the perfect amount of candy each time.

This lesson includes Master Level Scaling. 

I Like to Move It, Move It!

In this lesson, students will cover the fundamentals of what drives an electric vehicle. Along with constructing the vehicle chassis, students will work together in a group to develop an electrical circuit and needed mechanisms with littleBits® to power their vehicle and win the race.

This lesson includes Master Level Scaling. 

Kitchen Contraptions

In this lesson, students will be working with littleBits® to explore circuits and electrical engineering. LittleBits® allows students to explore how circuits work with easily attachable magnetic circuit bits. Students will be working in groups using different littleBits® to invent kitchen contraptions that make working in the kitchen easier, more fun, or just wacky.

Monster Smash

As students have ventured into the cave looking for Kelvin’s missing box, they venture deep only to find themselves trapped by a swarm of ancient robots. The robots fire boulders at them, but Kelvin steps in to save the day by deflecting the boulders long enough for our team to make their escape. To parallel the story, this lesson will have students create a boulder firing machine from littleBits®, and will be challenged to build their machine to fire boulders faster and more accurately than the other groups.

Open Sesame!

In this lesson students will be creating a box based of the one they found in the temple. The box will use littleBits® to lock and unlock using an electric circuit and keep Kelvin’s perpetual motion machine safe. Join us as we say, “Open Sesame” and conclude our Mechatronic Masterminds camp.

Quick Get-a-way

As our team of mechatronic engineers grabbed the box from the temple, a rumble is heard all around them, and suddenly, they find themselves being chased out of the temple! Hurrying outside, they blot the door to the temple shut, but realize that it won’t hold for long. They know that they cannot outrun the monsters on foot, so our engineers must design and build a getaway vehicle before the door to the temple gives way. This lesson will have students design a working vehicle using the modules from their littleBits ® kits.

The Midas Touch

After crossing the bridge, Kelvin and his group of engineers make it to a mysterious temple. They venture inside with their littleBits® and come across a pillar in the middle of an empty room with Kelvin’s missing box on it! One of the engineers steps forward to grab the box and accidently sets of a switch in the room. The switch causes a fire to appear and surround the box preventing anyone from taking it. It is up to the band of mechatronics engineers to build a device to grab the box from the fire safely.