The purpose of these lessons is to integrate robotics (micro-controllers such as Arduino boards) and computational thinking/coding within the Grade 9 Science curriculum. This provides all students with an opportunity to connect automation, coding and robotics to the study of science.
Technology Focus: robotics (micro-controllers such as Arduino boards) and computational thinking (coding)
Materials and Equipment (discussed further in the Body section)
For beginners, suggest purchasing kits such as the following:
These kits come with all required components, building instructions, and coding instructions.
NOTE: If your science department does not have any of this equipment, connect with you computer science or technology departments. It is a great opportunity to collaborate with another department. In my experience, these departments have this equipment and are a wealth of knowledge in coding and using this equipment.
Description: Microcontrollers (Arduino Uno, micro:bits) which:
Level: Beginner (equipment may need to be purchased)
You can easily integrate this technology into your classroom with no previous knowledge of coding. I had no knowledge of coding before I started using both types of microcontrollers (Arduino Uno and micro:bits). Both Arduino Uno and micro:bits have online resources that are ideal for beginners. There is already created code available to use and allows for an easy introduction to coding for both educators and students. The code can be used as is, or values can be adjusted - such as having an LED turn on at 25oC instead of 27oC.
Connect with your technology or computer science department teachers as they can be a wealth of knowledge regarding this technology and maybe able to lend you equipment to use with your class.
Audience: Secondary - grade 9 science (all pathways), could be extended to other secondary science courses
Google Slide Deck:
Contains the following information:
Next Steps/Extensions/Accommodations/Other Topics for this Tech Tool:
There is a huge variety of sensors/motors/actuators available to use with microcontrollers. Due to this variety, there are a number of other science courses/strands where you could integrate the use of robotics/coding.
The following are some additional suggestions for grades 9 and 10: