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See how Hudson Elementary uses Cubelets to engage students in the classroom through their STEM Mobile Integrated Learning Experience.

 
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Announcing Cubelets OS 4

Modular Robotics has released a new operating system for Cubelets called OS 4. It changes the way Cubelets communicate with each other and with connected devices. Cubelets OS 4 enables Cubelets do everything they do now, only better!

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Cubelet OS 4 is FREE. All you need to do is upgrade with a Bluetooth Cubelet using the new Cubelets app.

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MOSS Education
40+ Hours of FREE Curricula

The best part of using Cubelets and MOSS for education is the FREE curricula. We have a spectrum of fully developed lesson plans and activities for teachers of all types. Developed in conjunction with educators in the field these classes have been tested and optimized to impart critical STEM lessons.

modbot EDU lesson plans are released for you to use and remix under Creative Commons Share Alike Attribution.

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Cubelets Lesson Plans

Cubelets are hands-on STEM tools built for students 4 and up. Engaging for elementary and high schoolers alike! Cubelets are a great tool for science, math, literacy, robotics, coding, engineering and life science activities.

Cubelets Lesson Plans

Robot Creatures and Their Behavior, Part I (pdf)
Robot Creatures and Their Behavior, Part II (pdf)
Ages (4-8, 8-11, 11+); 40 minutes
An introduction to robotics that presents the basic components of robots (sense, think, act) in a fun, hands‐on, and experiential way. While students observe and understand behavior they build scientific skills relevant to biology, psychology, robotics, and artificial intelligence and develop general critical thinking ability related to scientific inquiry, categorization, considering properties and characteristics, and prediction.

Robots and Sensing, Part I (pdf)
Robots and Sensing, Part II (pdf)
Ages (4-6, 6-8, 8-10); 40 minutes
This lesson plan relates robots and sensing to human senses and reactions. Because this activity directs students to think about their own sensing and feeling, it is ideal for introducing younger students to robotics.

Characteristics and Categories with Cubelets, Part I (pdf)
Characteristics and Categories with Cubelets, Part II (pdf)
Ages (4-8, 8-11, 11+); 40 minutes
Science education for students from Pre‐K through Fourth grade emphasizes developing understanding that objects and organisms can be categorized by their properties and characteristics. This lesson plan expands on the basic idea of sorting and characteristics into categorization and grouping.

Cubelets and Cause and Effect, Part I (pdf)
Cubelets and Cause and Effect, Part II (pdf)
Ages (4-6, 6-8, 8-10); 40 minutes each
Asking “why” and investigating the relationships between actions and results, is the basis for all scientific exploration from physics to psychology. It is also the natural entry point for young children to begin considering scientific inquiry as they repeatedly ask “why” in their daily lives. This lesson plan uses the Cubelets SIX kit as both demonstration and hands‐on exploration of cause and effect.

Easy Cubelets Robotics (pdf)
Ages (4-6, 7-10, 11+); 40 minutes
This lesson plan is ideal for beginning robotics students as young as 5 and up to 11 and older because Cubelets allow students to quickly snap together components and understand sensors and actuators. Students can immerse themselves quickly in robotics by immediately assembling and testing working robots. These activities start at the least advanced level but offer suggestions for more advanced groups of students by scaling from level 1 to level 3 for each segment of the lesson plan.

Robotics with Cubelets, Part I (pdf)
Robotics with Cubelets, Part II (pdf)
Ages (6-9, 9-12, 12+); 40 minutes each
Students construct and test robots by snapping together magnetic Cubelets. By rearranging Sense and Act Cubelets students explore the input‐output relationship robots use to react to their environment.

Class Unit: Engineering and Design Principles, Part 1 (pdf)
Class Unit: Engineering and Design Principles, Part 2 (pdf)
Class Unit: Engineering and Design Principles, Part 3 (pdf)
Class Unit: Engineering and Design Principles, Part 4 (pdf)
Class Unit: Engineering and Design Principles, Part 5 (pdf)
Ages (4th-8th grade); 45 minutes each
This five-lesson unit introduces students to design thinking, engineering, and creative problem solving in constrained environments.

Class Unit: Computational Thinking, Part 1 (pdf)
Class Unit: Computational Thinking, Part 2 (pdf)
Class Unit: Computational Thinking, Part 3 (pdf)
Class Unit: Computational Thinking, Part 4 (pdf)
Class Unit: Computational Thinking, Part 5 (pdf)
Ages (6-9, 9-12, 12+); 60 minutes each
This five-lesson unit introduces students to computational thinking: a way of defining problems, understanding systems, and proposing and understanding solutions. This unit is designed for students and classes as young as 6 years old, through middle-school and beyond to explore basic concepts in computational thinking such as inputs and outputs, conditionals, and other formative topics from logic, and problem solving, that when combined, lead students to understand more about how technology works, but also how innovative solutions can lead to making new technologies.

 

Cubelets Activities

Cubelets Challenges, Part 1 (pdf)
Cubelets Challenges, Part 2 (pdf)
Cubelets Challenges, Part 3 (pdf)
Cubelets Challenges, Part 4 (pdf)
All ages; 60 minutes each
Students of all ages enjoy creative problem solving and besting challenges. Whether working alone or in groups, children and adults in classes, teams, and camps all become animated when tasked with creating, solving, or competing. Cubelets offer a great platform for presenting challenges and engaging students of many ages and levels of expertise to creatively attend to answering a range of challenges that include reasoning, and design.

10 Cool Things to do with Cubelets! (pdf)
All ages
For kids, parents, and robot enthusiasts who have Cubelets, have played with them, and wanted some inspiration to help jump start their creativity in making cool robots, here’s a fun way to get started.

10 More Cool Things to do with Cubelets! (pdf)
All ages
This activity progresses from smaller robots to more complicated ones. At every prompt, we know there is more than one possible robot “solution.” At the end of this document, you’ll find pictures of some possible solutions but don’t let this limit you, and don’t peek before you give it a try yourself!

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MOSS Lesson Plans

As you introduce MOSS to your classes and student groups, you can also introduce key concepts in robotics – understanding what robots are and do, and why humans have and make robots by building them, and in the process learning about sensors, actuators, and basic principles in engineering and design.

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Computational Thinking and Complex Systems

 
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Common Queries About Educational Robots

  • Why should I teach with robots? +

    It isn't our place to tell you what to teach. However, robots are fun! They help students engage with material in hands on ways. Plus, building robots provides play-driven learning opportunities that explore design, engineering, and emergent behavior in complex systems.

  • Why are educational robots a great teaching tool? +

    There are lots of educational tools that are engaging, and there are some that teach real world lessons like design thinking, complexity, systems thinking, perseverance, project-based learning and collaboration. But robotics is unparalleled in combining all of these educational possibilities.

  • How can robots help with my STEM initiatives? +

    Teaching STEM lessons with robots gives students a reason to apply knowledge they've already learned, to verbalize it, and to put into practice new vocabulary and literacy skills classroom teachers have worked to impart to their classes.

  • What other magic comes from educational robotics? +

    Educators understand that different people learn in their own ways. Consider auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, visual learners, read/write learners and that most people possess traits from a variety of learning styles. The diversity of how we can interact with robots offers a great bridge to connect all learning types. Educational robots create an incredibly diverse learning vehicle for educators.

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Modular Robotics Education FAQ

  • What can I teach with Cubelets and MOSS? +

    Robotics, of course, but math, engineering and design, biology and behavior, scientific inquiry and critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration, logic, and physics are on our list. We’ve written some of these activities and published them on our website and have more in the pipeline. If you get your Cubelets or MOSS and have an idea we haven’t thought of yet, contact us so we can collaborate with you to test it out!

  • How durable are Cubelets and MOSS? +

    Both Cubelets and MOSS are tough! Sure, you can break them, but it won’t be easy. In addition to passing CPSIA and ASTM toy safety standards, we’ve personally tested the durability of our product and asked others to give us feedback. Teachers tell us that they’re impressed with how these kits perform over time. Cubelets and MOSS have been in classrooms, after school programs, and science centers where they’re used repeatedly for hours at a time, and they hold up to exuberant, clumsy, and continuous use. You can also wipe them down with a disinfectant from time to time, although we don’t suggest submerging them in water to clean them!

  • What should I order? +

    It really depends on the learning objectives and activity you have in mind for your students. We’ve been in classrooms of 40 students learning biology and behavior sharing just a few Cubelets SIX kits, and in small robotics classes of 15 students who put to use twice as many kits plus additional Think Cubelets. If you have specific questions regarding your group’s goals, we’d be glad to discuss this with you! Please post your thought or question on the Education Forum so we can share what’s worked for others in the past.

  • If I have X number of students, how many Cubelets do I need to keep them engaged? +

    Aim for having enough of each type of Cubelet so that students get to investigate the sensing, thinking, and action functions of robots. Cubelets are unlike other toys that can be distributed and used independently. In order to make working robots, each student or group needs at least one Battery, one Sense Cubelet, and one Action Cubelet. Even with just three Cubelets (Battery, Distance, and Drive) you can build quite a few different robot behaviors. Make sure you have enough of each type of Cubelet (Sense, Action, and optionally Think) and remember that you’ll need as many Battery Cubelets as you have groups of students building robots. The Cubelets SIX and TWELVE kits, or the Educator Pack, are great starts for most student groups!

  • If I have Y number of students, how much MOSS do I need to keep them engaged? +

    Each student or group will need at least one battery, a sensor block, an action block, and a handful of spheres to construct a robot. The MOSS Zombonitron, MOSS Exofabulatronixx, MOSS Inquiry Educator Pack, or MOSS Constructionism Educator Pack are all great starts for groups because there are enough of each type of MOSS block so that students can investigate a variety of of designs and configurations. The Educator Packs each support 5 users or groups.

  • Will my Cubelets ship with batteries? +

    The Cubelets TWENTY, TWELVE, and SIX kits have one Battery Cubelet in each kit. Each kit comes with a micro-USB charging cable for easy charging. Some educators prefer to purchase a 5-Port charger as it will charge 5 Battery Cubelets simultaneously. This can be especially helpful if you're getting several kits or an Educator Pack. If you are buying Cubelets individually (not in a kit), please note they do not come with a USB cable. You can purchase a USB cable for each Battery Cubelet so your robots can have power!

  • What about shipping? +

    A shipping charge will be added to your order. The cost will depend on how fast you want your order and your location. More information about shipping options can be found here.

  • Is there an educator discount? +

    Yes, indeed! There is an Educator’s Discount that housed in our Cubelets and MOSS Educator Packs and Expansion Packs. All of the Educator Packs are discounted 15% off retail pricing. To help you get the most value from your purchase we offer a range of lesson plans and educational support materials for students of many ages, and on a variety of topics.

  • Can I use a Purchase Order? +

    Ordering on modrobotics.com with a credit card is the fastest and easiest way to purchase but we’ll happily work with you on a PO if that’s a better option for you. You can start the PO process by completing this simple Educator Agreement. We’ll get back with you quickly with details on how to complete your order.

  • Can I get US tax exempt status? +

    Yes – if you provide us with your school’s or organization’s tax exempt paperwork we’d be glad to make sure you’re not charged taxes for your purchase!

  • The Cubelets SIX has only 6 Cubelets – do I need more? +

    Because each individual function in a Cubelet combines with others in so many ways, there are innumerable options. Even with only the Cubelets SIX we figure you can build hundreds of robots out of this box of six Cubelets! It’s true that if you only had six blocks in a building block set you’d be sorely limited, but Cubelets allow for so many creative combinations that teachers and students are often surprised by how much they can do with this kit. Check out our lesson plans if you’d like to see a few examples. Of course, the TWELVE or TWENTY kits are a step up, and enable students to do more with Think Cubelets and build bigger and more sophisticated robots.

  • Why is there a Passive Cubelet in the Cubelets SIX kit? +

    Despite its humble name, the Passive Cubelet is a quite useful Cubelet! It stabilizes tall robots, extends robots to be longer or wider, and because it passes power and data, allows beginners to investigate the “Think” function of a robot with ease.

  • How do I get started once I get my Cubelets? +

    Start with the Getting Started Guide. And check out the Education webpage and lesson plans. Or watch this video!

  • Will you send a W9 form so I can set you up as a vendor? +

    Certainly. Here's our W9 form.