5th Grade Mindstorms

5th grade students in Mrs. Klimek-Rychtik’s science class dove into Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics with gusto! They were presented with open-ended challenges of programming a robot to follow a specified track, utilizing the ultrasonic sensors to detect “pedestrians” in its path, and changing speed when detecting different colors along the roadway (“construction zones”). Students worked together on the iPads to code the algorithms that would communicate with the robots using action blocks, loops, variables, and other programming options. This was a real test of teamwork, problem-solving, design thinking, computational thinking, experimentation, and growth mindset. Maybe these students will be involved in developing advancements in self-driving vehicles down the line! Way to go, fifth graders!