Pneumatics and Renewable Energy
Ages 10 – 14
In this camp we’ll use two add on sets to the classic Simple Machines and Mechanisms to explore even more physical science using the LEGO® Pneumatics Set and the LEGO® Renewable Energy Set. We’ll learn about the science of compressed air and how it relates to the real world as well as understand how energy from naturally occurring phenomena, such as ocean tides, wind and the sun are available as a never-ending source of energy.
With the use of science and technology, students are enabled to behave as technical investigators because they are provided with tools and tasks that promote scientific inquiry. The activities present scientific and technical concepts in a motivating and exciting way that will encourage creativity and teamwork. There will be plenty of LEGO building in this camp.
Scissor Lift ~ Build a Scissor Lift and investigate how its function is influenced by weight and height.
Robot Hand ~ Build the Robot Hand and investigate what pressure is needed to hold different objects without dropping or crushing them.
Stamping Press ~ Build the Stamping Press and investigate how energy efficient it is.
Robot Arm ~ Build the Robot Arm and investigate how to make the most energy efficient sequence of strokes.
Build a Solar Station and investigate its ability to generate power.
Build a Wind Turbine and investigate its ability to generate power.
Build a Hydro Turbine and investigate its ability to generate power.
Build a Solar Vehicle and investigate its speed with different gear ratios and wheel sizes.
Students will choose a project from Renewable Energy:
- Design and build a prototype solution of a moving sign, powered by solar energy.
- Design and build a prototype solution of a motorized fan, powered by a renewable energy source. Air must circulate and it must be safe to use.
And they will choose a project from Pneumatics:
- Students will design and make a dinosaur model that has pneumatic movement and will work in a film scene for a small production studio.
- Students will design and make a pneumatic scarecrow model that moves in a way that will scare off the birds that are trying to eat the farmer’s crops.