FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Digital Resources
Welcome to the digital resources for the DCU - Teacher Guide for Ireland. Here you will find all of the digital resources mentioned in your guide for you to use within your classroom. Links to downloadable/printable resources are also within each lesson below
MASTERPIECE 2023-24: Work in Progress!
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
- Lesson 5
- Lesson 6
- Lesson 7
- Lesson 8
- Lesson 9
- Lesson 10
- Lesson 11
- Lesson 12
- Section A
Learners will consider energy in their everyday lives including what energy is, where it comes from and how it travels.
Sample energy Journey
Printable Energy Audit for Classroom/School
Video: The path of electricity
Google Earth Project: Journey of Electricity to Oldcastle Co. Meath
Google Earth Project: Journey of Electricity from Aghada Gas Power Station to Cobh Co. Cork
Learners will identify and explore the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
Learners will examine wind as a source of energy. They will develop an understanding of how wind is formed and consider the factors that impact the location of a wind farm.
Additional Useful Links:
Learners will examine how wind turbines function.
Learners will build the LEGO wind turbine and explore how it works.
Wind Turbines - How they work videos
Wind Turbine detailed video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHUJqTT3THU
How Wind Turbines Work TEDed:How do wind turbines work? - Rebecca J. Barthelmie and Sara C. Pryor
Wind Turbine Video Tours
360-Degree video tour: Wind turbine inside and out https://youtu.be/GvnDSGGYUcE
Tour of Wind Turbine, narrated by Engineer: Tour A (Wind) Turbine - #RoundIsAShape (U.S. Department of Energy) GoPr
Learners will be introduced to the LEGO Education Set (SPIKE Essential or WeDo 2.0).
Learners will be introduced to a simple block-based coding language.
Learners will build and code a motorised LEGO robot.
Teacher links to videos/builds - to be added later if needed
Learners will be introduced to sensors and their associated coding blocks.
Learners will build and code a LEGO robot which uses/responds to a sensor.
Learners will begin to consider how sensors could enhance the safety of their LEGO builds.
Learners will build and code a motorised LEGO vehicle and then adapt it into an ‘Electric Car’ in order to explore an example of energy consumption.
Images of consumer cars; electric and fossil fuel
In teams, learners will create a Team Model that shows ‘Better ways to source, store, and use energy’. Their Team Model can address a specific part of the energy journey, or all of it.
Digital Voting/Response Tool to support planning and brainstorming (e.g. Mentimeter, Sli.do)
In teams, learners will plan for how they will share their Team Model and Team Poster at the final event.
Reviewing Sheet and Questions for Final Celebration Event
Section A of the DCU - Teacher Guide for Ireland provides the context for FIRST LEGO League Explore.
Within this section you will find the learning principles behind the Explore programme, connections with the Irish Primary Curriculum, the Digital Learning Framework, School Self-Evaluation and the Draft Primay Curriculum Framework.