Planning a Hummingbird Project

  1. Before you think about integrating the Hummingbird into your classroom, try it out to see what it can do! These steps will help you learn to build a robot, connect electronics, and write your first program.
  2. Once you have had a chance to explore your Hummingbird kit, think about how you want to use it in your classroom. Visit the Example Projects page to get some ideas! This article by Wendy Smith and Brian C. Smith is a thorough and thoughtful description of how they integrate making and the Hummingbird in the classroom.
  3. Before your students are ready to create their own amazing robots, they will need to learn the basics of using and programming the Hummingbird. Visit the Teaching the Basics page for resources and exercises to help your students learn to use the Hummingbird board and components. 
  4. Determine which standards your project will meet. The Standards page includes suggestions for aligning projects with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards, Common Core Math Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
  5. Some teachers choose to informally assess students projects, but many teachers use a rubric for assessment. The Hummingbird Creatures project provides a general rubric for assessing robot design, programming, and teamwork. When a Hummingbird project is used to demonstrate knowledge in a core content area, the rubric should reflect this. For example, the rubric for Robot Shakespeare includes items related spefically to language arts, as well as items associated with engineering and programming. Similarly, the rubric for Modeling Joints with Robotics assesses student understanding of body structures and biomechanics.
  6. Plan your lesson; this planning document may provide a useful place to start. In addition, this worksheet provides a template as you consider how students will design their Hummingbird project.
  7. Managing the materials is an important part of successfully using the Hummingbird in your classroom. Check out the Logistics page for some tips!

For in-person professional development opportunities, check out the Training page. You can also contact us for free consultations on classroom integration!