Engineering for Girls

Space is limited. Register today!

Engineering for Girls

Location
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac Campus, Room B-114
Date
June 16-18, 2014 | 8:00am - 12:00pm (Final demonstration and lunch with parents on Wednesday, June 18.)
Who Can Attend
Open to all girls entering grades 6-8 in fall 2014
Registration Fee
$30 per student

Explore the world of robotics using LEGO® Mindstorms.

You will build robots with motors and sensors to perform tasks and react to their environment. You’ll learn how to program the robots using software in which you place icons in sequence to create the instructions that you desire. It’s easy to learn and introduces the concept of programming with objects (icons) and structures such as loops and conditional statements. As a bonus, we will also spend time working in teams to build and program a robot to solve missions similar to those in First Lego League® (FLL) competitions.

The processes of students actively building, exploring, investigating, inquiring and communicating together develop a vast range of skills. Here is an overview of the activities and skills involved in the Green City Challenge:

Science

Investigating speed, exploring the effect of friction, investigating simple machines, developing scientific testing skills, pursuing purposeful inquiry, predicting and measuring, collecting data and drawing conclusions.

Technology

Designing, creating (building), testing and evaluating model solutions to match real needs; choosing appropriate materials and processes; using two-dimensional instructions to develop technical understanding; identifying technical components to create three-dimensional working models; programming robots to perform desired tasks; and working collaboratively in a team.

Engineering

Using the engineering design process in investigating and evaluating variables.

Mathematics

Using mathematics in the fields of science and technology; measuring distance, time and mass; calculating speed (velocity), weight and efficiency; using graphical media to present predictions and measurements; tabulating and interpreting data; and informally calculating ratios.

Overview:

  • Introduction to the program, engineering and robotics.
  • Introduction to the Mindstorms robots.
  • Start the robot build.
  • Finish robot build.
  • Start programming activities.
  • Evaluate the Nature's Fury Challenge.
  • Program the Mindstorms robots to navigate the Nature's Fury Challenge.
  • Test robot design and software using the Nature's Fury Challenge activity set.
  • Parents are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 for demonstration and lunch.

Space is limited. Register today!

For additional information contact Kathy Hass at 920-924-6436 or khass@morainepark.edu.