WHAT ARE EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS?
The sets have been designed to promote science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, and Digital Literacy. It enables students to build, program, and test their solutions, based on LEGO building bricks combined with real-life robotics technology. The system contains the EV3 Intelligent Brick, a compact and powerful programmable computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback. Due to the technology these skill sets are easily incorporated into various CAPS subjects such as Maths, Technology and Computer Literacy. Programming software is available for free download in both desktop and tablet app versions.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE CLUBS?
Once a week, at a pre-determined time and venue, a trained facilitator will guide the teams towards goals that have been set by each club for 60 minutes.
These goals are aimed at competing in the three EV3 competitions in South Africa, namely the G.E.A.R (Get Excited About Robotics), TechnoYouth and the First Lego League (FLL) competitions.
Learners will also be taught how to code programs, design and build various robots and attachments as well as formulate various strategies on how to complete tasks with the maximum efficiency.
Teams consist of 5 to 6 learners per EV3 Core kit.
What is the WeDo Platform?
Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-10, the WeDo 2.0 program is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. It allows learners to solve real-world problems though research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by Creative Scientists and the FLL Jr. Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts.
Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set and any other LEGO elements
Apply real-world math and science concept
Research challenges facing today’s scientists
Learn team-building and presentation skills.
WHAT WILL LEARNERS BE DOING?
They will build: Combining hands-on LEGO bricks with easy-to-use coding software and inspiring STEM projects, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 enables students to explore the building blocks of coding in a real-world environment.
They will code: From simple drag and drop interfaces to developing more complex algorithms, students will be encouraged to explore the world around them and develop their own ideas and theories, making I-STEM come to life through coding.
They will learn: Through real-life STEM challenges and engaging physical and digital creation, WeDo 2.0 enables students to develop computational thinking skills and transform them directly into programming solutions that interact with the real world.
I-STEM clubs introduces learners to Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (I-STEM) in a hands on and innovative manner. These clubs use inquiry-based learning using real world problems. Though the year learners will take part in various experiments and gain a better understanding of the wonders of I-STEM.
Term 1: Science
Introducing learners to lab safety, the typical lab layout and how to use scientific equipment. Learners will perform curriculum based experiments with their new knowledge.
Term 2: Technology
Part 1: Learners will build circuits using circuit boards, various components and use soldering equipment, which are then taken home. In part 2, learners use modern technology kits to build various working models such as cranes & lifts.
Term 3: Engineering
The focus shifts to engineering where learners start to construct different engineering models such as bridges using various materials and kits.
Term 4: Maths
We look at the fundamentals of Maths using various games and activities. We create positive mindsets towards maths and learn more the various people who made contributions to the field.
Learners will also be encouraged to take part in various competitions such as AstroQuiz, Eskom Science and the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge!