Examples of this project can be seen here.
Examples of this project can be seen here.
This is a model of the right arm bones showing the humerus, radius, ulna, and wrist. Attached to the model are "muscles" involved in the functions of extension and flexion of the arm at the elbow and the flexion and extension of the wrist. The muscles are made from strips of pantyhose or red craft foam. "Tendons" made from rubber bands connect the muscles to the bones at the various attachment points (origin and insertion). Further testing of the muscle materials will be done.
The Ellis School
The mini project is based on and inspired by the LISTEN Project in the CREATE Lab. The project would be designed to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology students how to pronounce common scientific or medical terms including ones most likely to be mispronounced. This project will involve listing the common medical terms associated with each unit, determining the correct pronunciation (using a variety of resources), and finally creating a recording of each term. This recording would be the voice of the Robot Diaries robot “Decoder” created by different groups of students. The “Decoder” could possibly be a model of a female physician/scientist who is a specialist for the unit. The project would be a collaborative such that the terms would be divided among groups of students and each would then listen to the others’ robot.
Classroom experience supports that the students would feel more comfortable when making their end-of-term presentations as their speech would be more accurate and professional when correct pronunciation is used. A student’s presentation appears unrehearsed when she stumbles over the difficult-to-pronounce words.
Sue Mellon – Project Ideas
Grade level: 6th
Skill: Measuring Angles to 180°
(Math Assessment Anchor –
Measurement, Eligible Content: M6.B.2.1.3 Measure angles using a protractor up to 180° - protractor must be drawn - one side of the angle to be measured should line up with the straight edge of the protractor. )
Idea: Using Servo motors with the “finger like” extension, position small characters at the end of the “finger like” extension and have students move their characters various degrees less than 180°. Project #2
Grade levels: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th
Skill: Comprehension of Poetry
(Note: The “Target Passage Types for the Reading PSSA” chart indicates that poems will be included in all tests for these grade levels. Many students view poetry negatively and they need to accept the fact that must demonstrate understanding.)
Idea: Hold a “Robot Theater Classroom Festival” where students give poems “life” by using Robot Diaries. I would divide the students into groups of two and assign them a poem. After completing an analysis of the poem, they will create a scene with the servos, LEDs, etc. to accompany a recorded reading of the poem. After all projects are complete, students will walk around the room viewing each other’s scenes. Project #3
Discipline: Social Studies
Grade level: 7th
Skill: Reporting Research
(Note: For the last two school years, I have been working with our 7th grade Social Studies teacher to complete the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Middle School Ambassador Program. Each year, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh identifies an area of the world for targeted study. We invite speakers from these regions to our school. We also research the region by dividing the students into teams and have them create PowerPoint shows as part of a team presentation. These presentations are very important to the students because they are the basis of determining the top 20-25 students who get to attend the culminating seminar held at the Cathedral of Learning each spring.)
Idea: I believe that Robot Diaries could be a nice addition to this presentation and would give the teams of four more “hands-on” activities. The students could use the Robot Diaries to recreate a famous citizen from their region. Project #4
Grade level: 5th & 6th
Skill: Understanding Programming Basics
(Note: Each week, during one of the daily IE (Intervention-Enrichment) periods, I have a “pull-out” Gifted Support Time called GATE Tech in which we create technology based projects. With the 4th grader, we do a great deal with PowerPoint—taping presentations and attaching these files, attaching videos from Discovery Education as well as creating interactive presentations (non-sequential). With the 5th and 6th graders, we complete projects using MovieMaker and Storytelling Alice.)
Idea: I believe that adding Robot Diaries would be a perfect addition to this work as many of my students are very artistic and love creating things this year. My students love the new duct tape art as well as origami. This would also reinforce our exploration of programming concepts such “looping.” Project #5
Discipline: Health and PE
Grade level: 6th and 7th
Skill: Identifying health eating habits
Idea: Students could create a robotic character and have the character deliver the “health message.”