This workshop will be offered virtually via Zoom, but will be hands-on! Supplies will be mailed to participants in advance. There is no stipend offered, but clock hours may be available for teachers from Washington and Oregon.
Date & time
Please remember that the workshop is on Pacific Daylight Time! The NESSP staff will be broadcasting live from Washington state.
- Friday, October 8, 2021 — 4–7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 9, 2021 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a 1-hour lunch break)
- Agenda — Download as PDF
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.