Teachers' Notes for RoboKids Print E-mail
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ROBOKIDS.

Teacher's Notes © Timezones Curriculum Support Ltd. 2010

This interactive performance is aimed at all the years in Key Stage 2
The performance lasts around 1 hour, and covers the whole of the KS2 Science curriculum
These notes give you an overview of the performance so that you can plan follow-up work if you want to.
BUT PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CLASS KNOW THE CONTENT OF THE SHOW IN ADVANCE.


WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORKSHOP:

Pupils watch and participate in this fun play, helping with demonstrations, and working together as the Robokid Development Team. Their brief is to design a cyborg capable of exploring a newly discovered planet – so, by the end of the session, one of your pupils will be transformed and ready to be blasted off into space!


'VOLUNTEER PLANETS’

demonstrate the motion of the earth through space, and what determines the length of a day and a year. They also look at the differences between planets and stars, and why sound cannot travel through space.


'VOLUNTEER ANIMALS AND PLANTS'

demonstrate how humans breathe in oxygen and produce carbon dioxide, and plants use the carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. They look at the parts of a plant, and the use of plants as food. They also see the function of the lungs and heart in a human, and how exercise affects them. A brief demonstration of the human digestive system is included here.


'A VOLUNTEER SIEVE'

demonstrates melting frozen water.  They then explore how sieving and filtering can be used to remove impurities.  This is done by using different sized balls, and magnified sieve and filter paper holes. They then see how to clean the water further by evaporating and condensing it in a simple still.


‘MATERIALS’

are chosen for the cyborg’s artificial skin and bones, to protect it and make it strong.


‘VOLUNTEER ELECTRICIANS’

assemble a circuit to power the servo motors of the cyborg’s exoskeleton.


‘A VOLUNTEER EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECT’

is turned into ROBOKID, and demonstrates the forces involved in the rocket motors used to launch him into space.

 


MAKING THE MOST OF OUR VISIT:

Our projects are designed to enhance your delivery of the curriculum. Children often remember the activities we use to illustrate topics for many years, so you can build on our visit by linking class work to the activities we do.

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