LEGOs Used to Teach Students Robotics
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 30, 2013 @ 7:31PM
Created on January 30, 2013 @ 6:15PM
 
LEGOs used to be just a toy. Now they're used to teach technology. On Wednesday, some Big Elm Elementary School third graders found out how.
 
"NASA provided the LEGOs for Big Elm and Parks so they can build the LEGOs that they would actually use on their space station," said Joey Rogers, Harrison County Parks and Recreation Enrichment Staff Member.
 
Students had their choice of 12 different designs ranging from birds to cranes.
 
"We are building things out of LEGOs then tele-graming it on the computer to make it move," said third grade student Raelyn Vance. 
 
"They're programmed to do things that you want them to do," said fellow student Savannah Jones. 
 
Specifically what happens was a group built the Lego design following step-by-step instructions. Then they put a motor on it before attaching a USB cord to a computer. Once hooked up, they electronically chose gears to make the piece move and make noise.
 
"It teaches them about robotics because they aren't going to learn about robotics. They're going to teach how robots actually work and how to build, and actually follow directions, step-by-step," said Rogers.
 
"The first one we made was the alligator and it was a little hard at first but then we kept doing it and it got easier," said Raelyn.
 
The Lego lesson was something the students enjoyed.
 
"It's kind of cool how we work together and make the things move," described Savannah.
 
"It was really fun and I hope that we can do it again," Raelyn said.
 
Some of the fifth grade students had done these projects in the past.

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