Here's a wonderful, cross disciplinary STEAM activity submitted by Carmela N. Curatola Knowles. She's taken the classic Life Science resource, Journey North, and adapted it to become a fascinating, expressive robotics activity for her 2nd graders.
Monarchs 2017 from Carmela Curatola Knowles on Vimeo.
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The first generation of the new migratory year, and the second, third, and fourth generations will only live about 2 months flying north and laying eggs. Then that 5th or 6th generation will be the ones who live about 6 months to make that momentous journey to keep their species alive!
Next, they begin to work in LEGO Education’s WeDo 2.0 kit in groups of 2 or 3. Using LEGO’s Firefly model, they build the basic structure using the tilt sensor. The butterfly is a creation of their own after the basic structure has been built.
Returning to Journey North’s website, the students go into the Maps section and identify which sightings they want to use in their programming. Using the LEGO tilt sensor, the students then program their robots to leave their own city (Radnor, in our case) on the first tilt, arrive for food at the first stop, or next tilt, identified by their selected location on Journey North’s map, stop at the next location they identified on the map, and the final tilt to land in Mexico.
Finally, the students have an opportunity to give a filming to demonstrate their monarch robot’s migration to Mexico!