Vernier Mars Challenge with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3
This curriculum guide offers an opportunity to introduce students to the physical concepts of electricity and magnetism through exciting hands-on robotics activities. By coupling robotics design with NASA’s space program, students will gain an understanding of scientific principles in a real-world application.
Students will learn to use a Vernier Differential Voltage Probe and Magnetic Field Sensor as they build a solar tracker, a magnet detector, a battery tester, and a robotic compass. This guide was written for teachers with the Educator version of the LEGO EV3 robotics system. It is intended to be used for a week-long summer camp, a STEM classroom module, or an after-school club. Detailed descriptions of recommended activities are supplied for each unit, as well as optional extensions for early finishers. Sample programs and building guides are provided for all activities to aid teachers in their instruction.