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Sphero Chariot Race

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
3-4 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
Sphero
chariot
engineer
Design
Balance
coding
if then statements
Materials: 
sphero
Plastic Cups
wheels
axles
Legos
K’nex
Cardboard

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

Students will learn about chariots and we encourage you to research the history of chariots.  If your students are old enough you could show them this Ben Hur video clip.  Groups will program a Sphero to go around a specific track.  They will engineer a chariot to the Sphero using scraps, Legos, K’nex or whatever you have.  The Spheros will bump into each other which will affect the code. There are ways to code your Sphero to self correct when it is hit but if that type of coding is too difficult for your students they can code it to go around once and see who can make it around once in tact.  They can also drive the Sphero’s manually.

Student Summary: 

You will be studying chariot designs and then engineering your own chariot that will be powered by a Sphero.  You will then program the Sphero to go around a track. If you have a GoPro you can attach the GoPro to the chariot for footage.   You will have to test your chariots numerous times before it works well. You will then take some of our footage of the chariot race and make a video using CrossBraining.

Lesson Phases

Plan

What looks like it will work really well on your plan?
Description: 
We are studying chariot designs and then engineering our own chariot that will be powered by a sphero.

Program

Explain how you attached your Sphero to the chariot. What is a loop?
Description: 
We then programmed the Sphero to go around a track. Some groups attached a GoPro to their chariot for footage.

Testing

What is one iteration you had to make?
Explain how your code works.
Description: 
We had to test our chariots numerous times before it worked.

Race

What went really well?
What didn’t work well and how did you overcome it?
Description: 
We then took some of our footage of the chariot race and made this video using our Chromebooks.

Student Video

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