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Free Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan

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To utilize time well in the homeschool classroom, I often try to integrate different curricular areas into my lessons. That’s why I love using STEAM lessons! STEAM lessons incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to help your child receive a well-rounded education and develop their strengths. STEAM is also about incorporating futuristic ideas and design thinking. Your child is developing skills that will help them in the future. They may enter a career that doesn’t exist yet. The world of robotics is making so many things possible!

Here’s a robotics STEAM lesson plan to try with your student!

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan

Lesson: Robotics

Grade Level(s): 7-9

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Introduction:

One of the strongest movements in the STEAM field is robotics. Allow your child to research innovative designs made possible because of advancements in the field of robotics. Career fields involving robotics are definite opportunities for young learners as they enter the future work world. For starters, students can learn to create their own robots with helpful STEAM resources found on hoopla digital.

This lesson begins with a video, ”What Will the Future Be Like?”. Then, your child will spend time researching careers in robotics with an engaging text book, Robotics Careers. Finally, your student will create a robot with simple materials you can find at home. The lesson should take about 5-6 hours to complete.

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Materials:

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Procedure:

STEP ONE:

Watch ”What Will the Future Be Like?” PBS video. The approximately hour-long video, released in 2013, has some futuristic inventions that may be close to reality in 2019. Use this video to discuss what robotics has done to innovate education and the work world. What jobs could be replaced by robots? What does that mean for your child as they look for future-ready careers? What innovations are they the most excited about? What ideas would they create to help the future of communication, education, medicine and more?

STEP TWO:

Now that your child has explored the future with robotics and other innovative tools, have them look into careers related to robotics. Even though some careers are becoming obsolete because of robots, the future with robots is responsible for creating many jobs that don’t even exist yet! Have your child research Robotics Careers through the book of the same name. Your student may also choose to use reputable websites and reach out to engineers, computer scientists, and others in the field of robotics. Have your child fill out the graphic organizer as they explore the different occupations in the robotics field.

STEP THREE:

It’s time to create! After exploring futuristic ideas and careers, let your learner make their own robot from projects in Robotify It! Robots You Can Make Yourself. Make a bouncy solar bugbot with the directions on pages 10-13 in the book. Although the text is also appropriate for elementary students, middle level students will enjoy creating these unique robots with objects found at home. Your homeschooler will love this hands-on, engaging activity. Explore other robot creations in the book as well.

Materials Needed:

  • Book, Robotify It! Robots You Can Make Yourself
  • plastic lids or bowls
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • craft foam
  • pushpin
  • ruler
  • solar cell with wires
  • double-stick adhesive foam
  • needle-nose pliers
  • three paper clips
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • wire stripper
  • vibrating DC motor with wires
  • electrical tape
  • clear tape
  • googly eyes
  • chenille stems
  • pom poms

Follow the simple procedure on pages 10-13 to make a robotic bug powered by sunlight in 13 easy steps.

This lesson plan gives your child an opportunity to research through video, nonfiction text, and hands-on learning. Give it a try in your classroom for your next STEAM integrated unit!

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Hands On Science Experiments for Learning About Sound

We’ve shared a lot of science experiments, here at Modern Homeschool Family, and today, we have another fun STEM lesson plan on exploring sound.

This lesson plan includes 4 science experiments for learning about sound. This lesson plan can be used with one child or a group and is appropriate for an all-ages introduction to the concepts of sound.

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25 Alternatives to a Traditional Book Report

The words “book report” can elicit groans from students at any age. Writing a summary of a book isn’t necessarily the most effective way to demonstrate learning in the digital age. With summary book websites online, the traditional book report is no longer an enriching task. Here are 25 alternatives to the traditional book report for students to demonstrate their comprehension and deeper understanding of a book.

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Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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5 Vocabulary Games for Middle School

One of the most effective ways to improve test scores, writing, and reading comprehension is to improve vocabulary! Why have students copy down definitions or make old-school flash cards when they can learn new words with some fun games? Here are 5 vocabulary games for middle school students you can try in your homeschool!

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