Students work in teams to design Ozobot tracks. This track challenge involves coloring tracks that achieve specific positions and patterns of motion.
||Force and Motion
North Carolina Science Standards
K.P.1 Understand the positions and motions of objects and organisms observed in the environment.
EX.K.P.1 Identify positions and motions of familiar objects in the environment.
K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
An Ozobot is a tiny robot that helps facilitate learning S.T.E.A.M. concepts and 21st century skills. One of our more popular projects is designing Ozobot tracks. Students work in teams to design tracks that meet specific design criteria.
Motion tells us how the position of something is changing over time. Where is it going- toward or away, up or down? There are many ways we can describe motion. Did something move in a straight line or zig-zag; did it go around in a circle or move back and forth; did it go fast or slow?
It’s important to think about exactly how something moves so we can figure out why it’s moving that way.
1. To describe changes in position
2. To design a track that will get the bot to the end by changing its motion.
3. Critical thinking and problem solving
4. Practicing Patience
-Green, blue, red and black markers
1. Print out pre-made tracks that they will fill in can be found here:
2. Print out the codes page for each table and cross out all except for the slow and fast codes here
1. Introduce Ozobot and what it is.
2. Introduce some basic Ozobot codes.
3. Demonstrate on the pre-made track to how Ozo works and what the codes do.
4. Use game cards - shown above - have students select position and pattern cards. Students will have to select codes that demonstrate the position or pattern of motion shown on the card. You can cut the pre-printed tracks in half so that several students can put their pieces of track together.
During sharing and reflection time students should describe the position/patterns of motion on their tracks. In addition they should share what they found they most challenging about it.
Time Estimate:30-45 minutes
This project was very successful and students really enjoyed themselves.
What we would change:
Make sure you have 2-4 Ozobots to use to ensure engagement and less waiting time between groups. Have at least 1 adult per group/table.