St Benedict’s Preparatory learns with LEGO robotics programme

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

St Benedict’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg has bridged the gap between digital learning and practical learning with the introduction of a LEGO educational programme, comprising many different components.

The boys have been introduced to the design and construction of simple structures using forces, wheels and axles, levers, pulleys, gears and other mechanisms. The entire programme consists of 37 concept/principle models and 18 main models that can be adapted by introducing renewable energy or pneumatic expansion. The programme is intended to teach the boys about each element and its importance, before learning to programme with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit.

These kits will be integrated into the school’s information technology (IT) syllabus from 2015 onwards. The kits enable students to build and programme robots to solve real-life problems using an intuitive, simple icon-based software programme. “The EV3 software will make full use of our new Apple-based personal computers and iPads, maximising our boys’ engagement and the use of our new equipment,” says Travis Flude, who teaches in the St Benedict’s Preparatory IT department.

“Our goal is to have all boys from Grade 4 to Grade 7 achieving the following outcomes:

  • programming for real
  • learning by doing
  • being actively engaged
  • progress from design through to building.”

Category: Spring 2015

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