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Miniature Golf

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As a team they will create a Miniature Golf course using Lego's and Pico Cricket kits




1: Stuff you need BEFORE the lesson:

  •      Maximum of 3 kits for the group (Minimum of 2 and one to three young people in each group.)
  •      Make sure every computer has a the Pico Program running and working properly (Version 1.2 A; Released in 2008)


  •      Double check the kits to make sure everything is in them
  •      Sufficient amount of Lego's for the kids to be able to make the putter, goal area, and obstacles
  •      Make sure each pico cricket has working batteries (be sure to have backup batteries)
  •      Have a prepared example. 


2: Opening Concepts:

  •      Explain what Pico is used for (refresh their memory)
  •      Explain the project to the group
    • Objective: To make a kicker, obstacle and goal using legos and pico blocks. Please customize the modules.
    • Goal of the Day: To make a workable golf course.
    • KICKER : A module that kicks a copper sphere.
    • OBSTACLE : A module that may or may not prevent the user from making a goal with the copper sphere.
    • GOAL : Notify user when he or she scores with the copper sphere.
  •      Intro to Pico: go over what each part does   
    • MOTOR OUTPUT: Can power the spinning mechanism.
    • RESISTOR SENSOR : Can be use to sense the sphere.
    • BUTTON SENSOR : Can be use to trigger any output variable.
    • SOUND OUTPUT: The output that makes sounds.(speakers)
    • MOTORBOARD OUTPUT: The board that directs the motor.
    • PICOCRICKET: Use it to control your creation.
    • DISPLAY:Displays numbers from variables and sensors
  •      Understand motor (and motor board) function; and using sensors to control those motors. Also understanding resistors; and using resistors to control outputs.


3: Focus of the Lesson:

  •      The focus of this lesson is for the group to be able to work in  separate teams, and in each team make a different section of a miniature golf course with the use of legos and sensors/programming from the Pico Cricket kits, and to then combine them all in order to make one miniature golf course. (TEAMWORK)


4: Teaching:

  •      Divide the group into 3 teams:
  • Within the 3 teams get them to brainstorm very briefly on ideas in making the putter, obstacles, and goal 


    • The Putter Team (Making the putter to hit the ball) (Primary: Motor, any sensor)-be creative
    • The Obstacle Team (Making the obstacles...i.e windmill, etc. using sensors/motors of Pico)
    • The Goal Team (Making the goal area where the ball is trying to get into) (Primary:Resistor, any output)
  •      Let the students begin the building aspect of their designs (i.e either new designs or images like the one displayed on this lesson plan/activity sheet)
  •      They are to then add the necessary sensors/motors to their designs and begin the programming/testing aspect
  •      Once the teams are done they are to come together and test out their projects and as a team they will compete with one another ( will actually play the miniature golf / experiment with the module.)
  •       If a team finishes early, ask them to develop a way to improve their module, or create a better module. 
    • Example 1 : "How can you improve your module?"
    • Example 2 : "How can you make your module run faster?"
    • Example 3 : "How can you make the design more efficient?"


5: Clean Up:

  •       Make sure everyone has cleaned up their area and all Pico pieces in the kits are accounted for *refer to inventory list on the top of the kits 


6: Circle Up:

  •       If there is still time...then circle up and have them discuss what they learned 
  •       Ask key questions *refer to Beginnings and Endings
  •       Ask question specific to activity as they come up among the group during the activity






     ALWAYS get feedback. What can be improved?What they liked and didnt like?



























miniature golf programming for goal and obstacle.docx

Miniature Golf Activity.doc   





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