Welcome to LEGO Education World of Science course, designed to build the confidence of young inventors who want to know more about mechines and mechanisms in the world around us.
Throughout the course, students will use the Science & Technology Base Set, the Power Add-on Set and other LEGO® System and Technic resource sets.
The course focus on science, technology, engineering and math skills as well as on social, creative and communication skills. The whole course is based on a story about a young boy called Gary Gadget and his sister, who love to invent things. Organized in four units, each unit has a different scenario where the characters find themselves in situations that require an inventive solution.
In the first unit – Secret Agent – Gary and his sister help capture tricksters and robbers, find lost jewelry and clean up after a traffic accident. As the students build conveyor belts, fans, cranes, squeezers and grabbers, they are introduced, step-by-step, to the basics of gearing, using pulleys, levers, wheels & axles.
In the second unit – Desert Island – Gary and his family become stranded on a desert island. Gary and his sister invent a variety of wind powered and motorized vehicles and mechanisms that, for example, crack coconuts, sweep away bugs and entertain them on long, dreary evenings. In this unit students investigate how different gears, wheel sizes, pulley types and so on, affect things like power and speed.
In the third unit – Circus Calamity – the circus train crashes and won’t be coming to town, so Gary and his friends put on their own circus show. The students build a variety of rides and invent circus tricks using, for example, motorized timers, merry-go-rounds and fishing hooks. In this unit, students are increasingly encouraged to come up with their own inventions.
In the fourth unit – Magnificent Creatures – Gary and his sister take their friends for a ride in their travel machine to a land of mechanical creatures. The students build creepy crawlers, spider crabs, gorillas and other weird and wonderful moving creatures. In the second half of this unit, each student designs and makes a mechanism and prepares a script for a show of all the great things the students have learned.
Lesson 1-8: Secrete Agent
Lesson 9-16: Desert Island
Lessons 17-24: Circus Calamity
Lessons 15 - 36: Magnificent Creatures