SPIKE™ Prime Set

Training Camp 1: Driving Around

Build a Practice Driving Base and make precise and controlled movements.

30-45 min.
Grades 6-8

Lesson Plan

1. Prepare

  • Read through the student material in the LEGO® Education SPIKE App.
  • If you feel it's needed, plan a lesson using the getting started material in the app. This will help familiarize your students with LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime.

2. Engage (5 Min.)

  • Use the ideas in the Ignite a Discussion section below to engage your students in a discussion related to this lesson.
  • Use the video to explain the lesson.

3. Explore (20 Min.)

  • Have your students work in pairs to build the Practice Driving Base model.
  • Give them some time to use the programming stacks provided to explore the movement of the Driving Base.
  • Ask them to change the values and parameters of the blocks and to observe the effects.

4. Explain (5 Min.)

  • Facilitate a discussion about the importance of planning each step of their program.
  • Explain what pseudocode is and how it can help in their program planning.

5. Elaborate (15 Min.)

  • Have your students find a way to move their Driving Base in a square.
  • Set up a navigation challenge and encourage your students to test their skills.
  • Don't forget to leave some time for cleanup.

6. Evaluate

  • Give feedback on each student's performance.
  • You can use the assessment rubrics provided to simplify the process.

Ignite a Discussion

Navigating through obstacles on robotics competition fields is a key to success. Engage your students in a discussion by asking them to:

  • Describe a field tactic associated with their favorite sport
  • List all the movements they think their Driving Base should be able to perform

Have your students watch this video to see what they're about to do.


Building Tips

A Simple Driving Base
Use the simple Driving Base model with no sensors. Remember to use the cable clips.


Coding Tips

Main Program

SPIKE Competition Ready Training camp 1 Step03-Program - en-us

Possible Solution

SPIKE Competition Ready Training camp 1 Teacher Solution - without gyro - en-us

Other Programs

SPIKE Competition Ready Training camp 1 Teacher Solution - with gyro - en-us


Simplify this lesson by:

  • Spending extra time explaining what is being controlled by each parameter of the program blocks

Take this lesson to the next level by:

  • Asking your students to use the Gyro Sensor to program their Driving Base to drive in a square
  • Practicing speed and precision on a larger surface, like a competition table

Assessment Opportunities

Teacher Observation Checklist
Create a scale that matches your needs, for example:

  1. Partially accomplished
  2. Fully accomplished
  3. Overachieved

Use the following success criteria to evaluate your students' progress:

  • Students can select appropriate blocks for making controlled movements.
  • Students can change the parameters of blocks in iterative ways.
  • Students can stack appropriate move blocks together to create programs.

Have each student choose the brick that they feel best represents their performance.

  • Blue: I've made the Driving Base move in different ways.
  • Yellow: I've created different programs to move the Driving Base in a square.
  • Violet: I've combined different types of motor movements to successfully navigate around obstacles.

Encourage your students to provide feedback to others by:

  • Having one student score the performance of another using the colored brick scale above.
  • Asking them to present constructive feedback to each other so that they can improve their group's performance during the next lesson.

Language Arts Extension

To incorporate language arts skills development:

  • Have your students look for the most precise way of traveling a distance of 2 meters by exploring these options:

    ▷ Move in seconds
    ▷ Move in degrees
    ▷ Move in rotations
    ▷ Move with sensor

  • Ask them to create a document explaining in which situation(s) they'd use each option, and why.

Note: This will make for a longer lesson.

Math Extension

To incorporate math skills development:

When calculating distances with the Driving Base:

  • Drive forward for one second, one rotation, or a number of degrees. Use this as the basis for estimating the total distance based on the distance traveled.
  • Calculate the circumference of the wheel and use this to measure distance traveled (circumference = Pi x diameter, or circumference = Pi x 2 x radius)

Note: This will make for a longer lesson.

Students who enjoyed this lesson might be interested in exploring these career pathways:

  • Health Science (Medical & Health Careers)
  • Information Technology (Game Programming)

Teacher Support

Students will:

  • Learn how to execute controlled movements (e.g., straight move, point turn, curved move, turn with sensor, drive in a shape) using a Driving Base

Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

**2-CS-01 6-8
Recommend improvements to the design of computing devices, based on an analysis of how users interact with the devices.

**Common Core
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.

**Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Student Material

Student Worksheet

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