Jul 10, 2007

End of Mayan Week

A few days ago I posted about the week long Mayan Adventure project for kids. Christine has completed it and has posted plenty of writeups and pictures, including images of all the teams' versions of the robots used to complete the 5 challenges.

I am very impressed with the robots these kids created. Each day they listened to part of the storyline and then went about brainstorming how best to solve that day's challenge. The 3-dimensional aspect of it, complete with "stones" and Mayan glyphs, made it very entertaining, too.

I appreciate Christine keeping us informed on the project and I really hope the kids had a lot of fun. If you are a teacher or coach and are considering something like this, drop over to Christine's site for some ideas. And if you do a project based on The Mayan Adventure, please do email me and let me know.

6 comments:

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

Well, well, seems you decidedly had fun. :-)
Great story!

Brian Davis said...

Those are terrific "sets" for the challenges, and well-photographed. It looks like this group had a lot of fun with not only the robots, but the theme and style of the challenges as well.

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Brian Davis

Eric D. Burdo said...

I am trying to get a course going at the local private school (FLL for the first half of the year, and some LEGO Robotics stuff the second half). I plan to use the Mayan Adventure as the courseware for part of the latter half of the school year.

If I do, I'll write up how it goes.

Christopher R. Smith (Littlehorn) said...

It is very cool to see folks taking a book theme into the real world! I love to see the educational possiblities and actual usage that come from these 'toys'.

Chris

Creative Kids said...

It was a lot of fun. The kids loved having a reason to build all the robots. The story and the sets really do make a difference.

The kids are puzzled about the last challenge. Our statue weighed just over 1.5 pounds and not one of the robots could get it to move up the ramp.

One team did put some extra weight over the wheels for more traction, and they discussed the possibility of using tracks. Another team did gear down to increase power, but nothing seemed to work.

Anyone else have some suggestions?

Brian Davis said...

Well... one possibility is a forklift, where there are thin levers that can be "wedged" under the base, and then the robot can extend a massive portion of itself (like the NXT brick) rearwards, shifting the ballence point of a beam. But yes, it's not an easy one, and making the target somewhat lighter might be sufficient.

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Brian Davis

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