Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop
Event type: Workshop
Location: Zoology Spirit Building in the Darwin Centre, Orange Zone
Suitable for: key stage 2 (ages 7-11)
Capacity: 35 students
Duration: 1hr 45 min
£3 per pupil
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Pupils will design, create and code a Martian rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robotics sets in this hands-on workshop.
Exploring and understanding Mars has become one of the key challenges in space exploration. From remote sensing to landing rovers, our Museum scientists are actively involved in learning more about the red planet. But how do we study a planet that is millions of miles away?
In this workshop, pupils work in small teams to design and build a LEGO Martian rover. They then code, test and evaluate their designs.before seeing how their rovers perform on a realistic Martian surface.
- Pupils discover the importance of space exploration, how our Museum scientists are actively involved and why using models such as LEGO is important for engineers.
- Pupils follow a basic prototype to build a rover, which they will then learn to code using LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotic sets.
- Pupils decide on the aims for their rover and build, to a given specification, appropriate tools for their challenge.
- In an exciting finale, pupils see how their rovers perform on a large-scale realistic Martian surface.
Curriculum links: Working scientifically, Earth and space, Forces, Deisgn, Evaluate, Technical knowledge, Computing