My students have always been completely mesmerized by the power of Cubelets, modular robots that adhere magnetically and can be put together in a seemingly endless number of combinations. Obtaining enough Cubelets to feed the curiosity of a large group can get expensive, but we were fortunate enough to get some grant applications approved that allowed us to purchase a decent number. The combined set has definitely been one of the best investments I’ve made for my classroom.
Modular Robotics, the company behind Cubelets, has offered resources to teachers for the past few years. But they now have an updated portion of their site devoted to lesson plans. The plans are divided into grade level strands, starting with Pre-K and ending with 12th grade. Browsing through the plans I found some “meaty” material, including this “Cause and Effect” plan for 4th-6th graders. Be advised that you will need to look carefully at the required Cubelets for the plans you use as some are not included in the less expensive kits.
Cubelets are great for centers and maker spaces. With these free lesson plans, educators may feel more comfortable with integrating these versatile robots into their curriculum as well.