November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop 🗓

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This workshop will be offered virtually via Zoom, but will be hands-on! Supplies will be mailed to participants in advance. Clock hours may be available.

Date & time

Please remember that the workshop is on Pacific Daylight Time! The NESSP staff will be broadcasting live from Washington state.

  • Friday, November 5, 2021 — 4–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a 1-hour lunch break)


Pre-work — for Friday

Arrive prepared and ready to go on Friday afternoon! Clock hours will be awarded for your pre-work time.

  • Assemble the robot[*] (We recommend Driving Base 1 — building instructions at this LEGO site.)
  • Check robot battery level
  • Have your computer ready (pre-loaded with LEGO education software)
  • Charge the drone
  • Review the Mission Development Log (MDL) — You’ll be creating your own MDL through the workshop, so have your copy (analog or digital!) at hand when we meet on Friday!
  • Read “Why icy worlds?” Be prepared to share around these prompts:
    • What questions do you have?
    • What questions do you think your students might have after reading this?

[*] a note about “the robot”

NESSP has provided different robots over the years, so some of you may have a LEGO Mindstorms EV3, some of you may have a Makeblock robot, and some of you will have the LEGO Spike we’re providing this year.  You can use any robot that works for you!  It’s not the specific robot that’s important — it’s the process of getting connected to your robot and getting it moving that’s the focus of this activity.  The examples that we provide and the problems we’ll be working on will be demonstrated on the LEGO Spike, but we will have examples of each of these robots on hand to at least get everyone get up and running.

Home-fun — for Saturday

  • Choose ONE of these lessons to read over before tomorrow.  Come to class prepared to share:
    • Skim through the entire lesson file – what do you notice about how it is organized?
    • What is something you would want to point out to a teacher who didn’t read this lesson?  
    • What questions do you have about this lesson?  
    • What modifications might you make so that this lesson is better for you and your students?
  • Lesson Options
    • Unit 1 Lesson 5: Mapping Other Worlds
    • Unit 2 Lesson 2: Planetary Dynamics (Geology/Earth Science)
    • Unit 3 Lesson 1: Planetary System Interactions (Earth Science/Life Science)