Author:
Glenn Shelton, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
STEM, Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Primary
Grade:
2
Tags:
  • k5engineers
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    2:Dashing through the Underground Railroad

    2:Dashing through the Underground Railroad

    Overview

    As students study Harriet Tubman and her contribution to the Underground Railroad, students will create a map that is labeled with coordinates and contains a number of stops at safehouses. Students will then create a program for Dash to start from a specific location and travel along the Underground Railroad.

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering Process

     

    2:Dashing through the Underground Railroad

    Driving Question / ScenarioCreate a map that includes numerous stops along the Underground Railroad so that Dash can help people escape to freedom
    Project SummaryAs students study Harriet Tubman and her contribution to the Underground Railroad, students will create a map that is labeled with coordinates and contains a number of stops at safehouses. Students will then create a program for Dash to start from a specific location and travel along the Underground Railroad.
    Estimated Time2 hours
    Materials / Resources
    • Bulletin board paper for map
    • Pencils/markers
    • Dash
    • iPad to program Dash
    • Blockly app from Wonder Workshop
    Standards2.H.1.2:  Identify contributions of historical figures (community, state, nation, and world) through various genres.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can Dash help people escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad and the map that you create?
    ImagineAs a team, brainstorm ideas of the map that you want to create that includes a number of stops. Agree on a design. Try to include ideas from each teammate.
    PlanDraw a plan for your team’s map. Make sure the map is labeled with a coordinate grid. Include stops at safe houses along the way.
    CreateUsing bulletin board paper, create the map that each team designed in the planning phase. After each team finishes their map, create a program so that Dash can travel along the Underground Railroad and help people escape to freedom.
    ImproveAs a team, create a program that makes Dash move through the map more efficiently using loops.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents can use a program similar to Seesaw to create a reflection on how Harriet Tubman contributed to American history.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsStudents could also engineer a type of cart that could also help transport people through the Underground Railroad.
    Tags (Subject, robot used, literature)Social Studies, Dash

     

    Sample Pictures / Video

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