3rd Grade Engineering Projects


3rd Grade Engineering

Students at the William Penn Charter Lower School in Philadelphia, PA created engineering projects using littleBits.

Creations included:
– dance robot
– art bot
– light ride
– hexbug
– motorized car
– surfboard
– fish tank light
– rube goldberg machine
– motion and light sensing tissue blower
– wave sensing ship light
– alarm boxes/safes
– propeller car
– cardboard car
– back massager

See the projects in action here:

Duration: 10- 12 class sessions

GRADE LEVEL
Elementary (ages 8-10)
Middle School (ages 11-13)

DIFFICULTY
Beginner
Intermediate

SUBJECT
Engineering
Makerspace Workshops
Art/Design

MODULES & ACCESSORIES USED (20)
fan (1)
slide dimmer (1)
roller switch (1)
branch (1)
dc motor (1)
buzzer (1)
long led (1)
light sensor (1)
bargraph (1)
button (1)
dimmer (1)
power (1)
pulse (1)
vibration motor (1)
pressure sensor (1)
servo (1)
sound trigger (1)
bright led (1)
battery + cable (1)
wire (1)

OTHER MATERIALS USED (4)
cardboard 1
LEGOs 1
Tape 1
accessible materials 1

TOOLS USED
Camera
Markers
Scissors

LESSON GUIDE

STEP 1 : Introduce littleBits

Students explored the Bits modules and learned how to create basic circuits combinations.

STEP 2 : Design Challenge

Students were asked to create something that used a blue, pink and green module. The challenge was completely open-ended.

STEP 3 : Brainstorm Ideas

The students worked in groups of 2 or 3 and had to do some initial planning in their science journals.

STEP 4 : Design and Build

Students used littleBits + classroom materials to build their engineering projects.

STEP 5 : Document and Share

Each group helped make a video to describe and show their project in action.

STEP 6 : Reflect

Students finished the unit by compiling notes about their inventions and reflecting on the experience.

The projects were then displayed for the rest of the school to see!