‘Trash Trek’ Robotics theme leads to ‘Story Of Stuff’

The upcoming theme for FLL Robotics challenge in Fall, has already fired up my students’ imagination.

 Yesterday no sooner had I introduced them to the recycling / trash theme, Trash Trek, than they began thinking of a project. By happenstance, I was getting rid of a large cardboard box, and it became the discussion point of where it ‘stuff’ comes from and where it ends up.

Better still, in my closet was another cardboard box filled with a gift from Solavore last week —the solar oven. As we looked at the ‘technology’ I could see the gears turning, as thoughts about energy, land fills, insulation and composting filled our discussion. I assigned a note-taker, and an ‘investigator,’ to seize the moment.

These are the last 3 days of  robotics, but it will become  a topic they could think about during the long summer break.

 

 

At our next class we will be watching this classic presentation by Annie Leonard called the ‘Story of Stuff.’

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