Simple Machines United

Program ● Robotics ● Grades PK-2

The LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics are an easy-to-use concept that introduces young students to robotics. Students will be able to build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies.

Carouselled Away

What amusement park is complete without its own magical carousel with mechanized animals moving in time to music? Today, students will build a carousel to add to the amusement park complete with race cars and horses! Once they have finished building their carousel, they will create a program to control the speed of the carousel.

This lesson includes a 45-Minute extension. 

Moving Mountains

Students will use the Engineering Design Process along with LEGO® WeDo robot kits and the simple machine wheels-and-axles to move a whole statue! Students will create a platform to move a Kelvin Statue into Kelvin’s Amusement Park.

My Fair Ferris Wheel

Students will begin by building a Ferris Wheel to add to the park. A Ferris Wheel is another excellent example of a wheel-and-axle in use.

Opening Day!

Students will get to choose one of the previous builds to further explore the way that build works and to create an awesome park filled with rides to show off their skills!

This lesson requires that students have completed all, or at least some of the lessons, from the Simple Machines United! unit. 

Seesaw Swag

Today, students are going to explore how levers can help lift something that ways a lot by building a LEGO® seesaw and exploring how the location of the fulcrum affects how much weight can be lifted.

This lesson includes a 45-Minute extension. 

To The Moon

Students will build the first ride for the park and it will be something exciting that is based.on a real world idea: the space elevator. The space elevator is an idea of creating a kind of pulley system with one end tethered to the Earth’s surface and the other end floating in space that will allow people and supplies to be ferried up to orbit easily and much cheaper than with rockets. Today students will create a rocket ride for the park’s guests that will allow them to experience a simpler version of a space elevator!

This lesson includes a 45-Minute extension.