Backstory: I co-teach a Computer Science Club/Class at a local elementary school and we teach awesome things like Scratch, Raspberry Pi building, and (my favorite) Lego Robotics (WeDo) to 2nd through 4th graders.
This week in CS Club, the students were finishing up their final design project. For this, they were given the task of finding a problem, any problem, and making something using Raspberry Pis, Scratch, or the Lego WeDos. We had a couple of students that were adamant about making an “ice cream machine”. As in, they wanted to make a functional soft serve machine….in 2 weeks…using Legos.
Although I admire their creativity, we convinced them it would be really fun (and feasible!) to make an ice cream churner instead.
It worked!! Check it out for yourself: Here!
This week, the students get to present their projects to their families and classmates. I have to say, everyone had really cool and creative projects.
All in all, it’s been a great year helping teach this class and I bet next year is going to be even better!
I highly recommend the WeDo kit to anyone trying to get younger kids into programming/robotics. The lesson plans they offer are really easy to build a real world discussion around.
Here’s the Amazon link if you’re interested: