Unit Overview

Students use their understanding of how robots can help humans to design a program for a robot to retrieve an out-of-reach gem. Pairs well with Engineering Essentials: Designing Lighting Systems. 

  • Grade 1 
  • Setting: In school 
  • Computer Science focus: Computing Systems 
  • Technology: Robots 
  • 5 lessons (7 class sessions) 
  • Optional Math Extension: Addition and Subtraction

Standards alignment

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Unit Map

Students explore foundational concepts related to solving problems with computers. (50–60 min.)
The class reads a story in which Omar loses a gem from his costume for a school performance, and he programs a robot to retrieve it from under the stage. Students also explore writing an algorithm to tell a robot how to move. (60–85 min., 2 sessions)
Students investigate how to program a robot such as the Code & Go® Robot Mouse. (45–60 min.)
Students work together to program a robot to reach a lost item. (45–60 min.)
Students follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve a program to make a robot navigate a maze. (70–100 min., 2 sessions)
Students extend their computational thinking skills to mathematical concepts as they practice strategies for addition and subtraction. (50–70 min.)

What's Included?

  • Teacher Guide (PDF)
  • Illustrated Storybook (PDF)
  • Print Materials (PDF)
  • Teacher Slides (Google Slides and PDFs)
  • Additional Resources