Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started 2: Amazing Milo

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Milo Motion Sensor

In this post, we will share our experience with the last four of the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started Projects. This last four projects have one hero, Milo the Science Rover.

The kids should apply all their accumulated learnings from previous projects to build Amazing Milo the Science Rover. Here is the list of the four projects involving Milo:

Milo the Science Rover

Milo’s Motion Sensor

Milo’s Tilt Sensor

Collaborating

For the first four Getting Started Projects, please check our article on Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started Projects 1.

The Mission

The last four of the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started Projects are actually just one project divided into four parts. They are like steps in building Milo the Science Rover. In each project, Milo’s features are added one after another.

Here, Milo the Science Rover will use the medium motor, the motion sensor and the tilt sensor.

Moreover, this activity will instill to the kids the importance of team work and communication.

πŸ’« The background story is that Max and Mia this time want to explore remote places and find a special plant specimen.

πŸ’« In relation to this, they wondered how do scientists investigate remote places that are not possible for them to go.

πŸ’« So for this project, it is recommended to have a discussion about science rovers.

πŸ’« It will also be helpful to discuss submarines and drones.

5. Milo the Science Rover

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Milo the Science Rover

Project Objectives

πŸ’Ž Be familiar with the different MOTOR BLOCKS.

This is the first feature of Milo the Science Rover. As a science rover, mobility is very important. So the objective in this project is simply to make Milo move using the medium motor. Hence, it is paramount that the kids learn to use and apply the different motor coding blocks.

Project Tasks

🎈 Build the Milo Science Rover model with the medium motor.

🎈 Create the program to make Milo move forward and backward using the mot

🎈 Use also the MOTOR POWER and MOTOR ON FOR blocks.

Explore Time

The motor has at least five coding blocks. These are the MOTOR THIS WAY, MOTOR THAT WAY, MOTOR POWER, MOTOR ON FOR and MOTOR OFF.

Thus, in this project, the kids should be able to know how these five blocks functions.

ImageBlock Name and Description
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Motor That way BlockMOTOR THIS WAY. This block makes the motor move forward.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Motor This Way BlockMOTOR THAT WAY. Use this block to making motor move backward.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Motor Power BlockMOTOR POWER. This sets the motor speed.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Motor On For BlockMOTOR ON FOR. This will set the time (in seconds) for how long the motor should work.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Motor Off BlockMOTOR OFF. Using this block will simply will stop the motor from working.

For more information on the coding blocks, please refer to the post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set

6. Milo’s Motion Sensor

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Milo with the Motion Sensor

Project Objectives

πŸ’Ž Be familiar with the different MOTION SENSOR BLOCKS.

It is important to point out, that when science rovers are sent to a mission, they have sensors that help them decide whether to move or stop. The sensors also help the science rovers accomplish their mission without constant human intervention.

  • Sensing the environment is the second most important aspect of the science rover.
  • Hence, Milo the Science Rover also has sensors to assist him in his mission.
  • Moreover, Milo should be able to act base on what it senses in his environment.
  • Through the motion sensor, Milo should be able to move or stop base on his environment.

In addition, the mission is to find the special plant specimen. Accordingly, Milo should be able to distinguish the plant. Then, he should stop when he found the plant.

Project Tasks

🎈 Add the MOTION SENSOR to the built Milo the Science Rover model.

🎈 Create the program to make Milo stop when it found the special plant specimen.

🎈 Make a sound when mission is accomplished.

Explore Time

According to the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 lesson plan, the sample program used the ANY DISTANCE CHANGE as input. Thus, whenever Milo detected the sample object no matter the distance, it should take a halt and produce a sound.

For further exploration, we took the liberty to experiment using the DISTANCE CHANGE CLOSER and DISTANCE CHANGE FURTHER blocks.

ImageBlock Name and Description
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Change Closer BlockDISTANCE CHANGE CLOSER. Use this block to prompt an action when the model is near the object.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Change Further BlockDISTANCE CHANGE FURTHER. With this block, the model will do the next action when it is far from the object.

For more information on the coding blocks, please refer to the post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set

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7. Milo’s Tilt Sensor

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Milo with the Tilt SEnsor

Project Objectives

πŸ’Ž Be familiar with the different TILT SENSOR BLOCKS.

This is the third but not the least important feature of Milo the Science Rover. Through this sensor, Milo can also send back a message to the base. In this case, when Milo experience a tilt he can send a signal or a message to the base.

Also, the Tilt sensor can also serve as a warning when Milo encounters a challenging environment. Consequently, he should be able to do the appropriate action when something caused it to tilt in any direction.

Project Tasks

🎈 Add the TILT SENSOR to the built Milo the Science Rover model.

🎈 Create the program to make Milo send a signal or a message when it tilted in any direction.

Explore Time

Following the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 lesson plan, when Milo TILT DOWN, he should flash red light. When he TILT UP a text message should appear on screen.

There are at least six coding blocks for the tilt sensor: 1) SHAKE; 2) TILT THIS WAY; 3) TILT THAT WAY; 4) TILT UP; 5) TILT DOWN; and 6) NO TILT.

ImageBlock Name and Description
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Tilt Sensor Shake BlockSHAKE. If the sensor detects a shake from the model, you can set its next action
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Tilt This Way BlockTILT THIS WAY. When there is any tilt ON THE LEFT, you can set its next action
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Tilt That Way BlockTILT THAT WAY. Set an action when it detected any tilt ON THE RIGHT.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Tilt Up BlockTILT UP. In this project, any tilt UPWARD, will display a message on the screen.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Tilt Down BlockTILT DOWN. Also, in this project any tilt DOWNWARD, will make it flash red light.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 No Tilt BlockNO TILT. You can set its next action when there is no tilt detected.

For more information on the coding blocks, please refer to the post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set

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8. Collaborating

In the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 lesson plans, there are projects that requires at least two of WeDo 2.0 core sets. Hence, the title Collaborating.

Collaborating is actually a series of projects wherein kids learn to communicate and coordinate with each other in order to accomplish the mission successfully.

The eighth of the Getting Started projects is the first one.

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Collaboration Model

Project Objectives

πŸ’Ž Build and connect two science rover device for transporting the plant specimen.

In this project, Milo already accomplished the mission. Therefore, he now need to carry the special plant specimen back to base. However, the plant specimen is heavy for him. Thus, another science rover should help him carry it back to the base.

Project Tasks

🎈 Connect the two science rovers together.

🎈 Create programs for the two science rovers using one coding device only.

Explore Time

Honestly, we only have one set of Lego Education WeDo 2.0. So, we were not able to do this project as it should be. We were able to do the program and build half of the model only. πŸ™‚ We did not experience collaboration with another science.

In this section, Milo already found the special plant specimen and have to bring it to the base with the help of another science rover.

In order to accomplish the task, the kids need to make a program for the two science rovers.

Then, they have to make sure their programs run in coordination with each other.

Basically, the kids should have the same program for the two rovers.

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Collaboration Sample Program

On the image, you can see Program A and Program B. This program should be present in each of the coding device of the two science rovers.

To effectively carry out this activity favorably, the kids should communicate and coordinate with each other.

Here are the possible scenarios and the way the programs should run.

🚩 GO FORWARD.

For the science rovers to move forward, PROGRAM A should run simultaneously. That means, the kids should press the START BLOCK of Program A in their coding devices at the same time.

🚩 TURN RIGHT / TURN LEFT

In order for the science rovers to make a right / left turn, one of the kids should press the START BLOCK of PROGRAM A. While the other kid, should press the START BLOCK of PROGRAM B.

Depending on their position, to make a RIGHT TURN, the science rover on the LEFT should run PROGRAM B. And the science rover on the right should run PROGRAM A.

In other words, the science rover on the left is on a STOP while the science rover on the right MOVES FORWAD.

Therefore, to make a LEFT TURN, they should do the opposite. The science rover on the right should run Program B while the other run Program B.

🚩 STOP.

For the science rovers to stop moving, the kids should press the START BLOCK of PROGRAM B simultaneously.

🚩 MOVE BACKWARD.

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Collaboration Sample Program

In case, the science rovers need to move backwards, first, the kids should replace the MOTOR THIS WAY block with MOTOR THAT WAY block in Program A.

Then, they should run Program A simultaneously.

For more information on the coding blocks, please refer to the post What is Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set

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6 Replies to “Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Getting Started 2: Amazing Milo”

  1. Wow, toys have become so much more sophisticated for the younger generation! What an exciting time for them to be alive and get to learn valuable skills all during their playtime. Legos are favorite toys even when they aren’t providing STEM skills, so it’s smart to incorporate these familiar objects into the plan. Great idea and seems like something kids will really love!!

    1. Hi Aly!

      You’re right when you said toys have become sophisticated these days. And I want to add a good value for our money. I love Lego robotics kits the most. They are not only entertaining but much more they are learning skills that are important in their generation. My kids really love our Lego WeDo 2.0 and other Lego sets.

  2. Thank you for sharing your review on Lego Education WeDo 2.0. I love let my nephews play with lego and I have to say that I enjoy playing lego with them as well, I let their imagination run wild. However, if they have very little patient, it can be a challenge, especially when they break it. 

    I love Milo, he is so adorable. He looks like Walle. I love the fact that Milo can move as well. I am going to check it out. 

    1. Hi Nuttanee!

      Kids naturally love building something and in most cases lead to breaking the toys. However, I would want to give Lego the credit on producing sturdy pieces. They cannot be easily btoken. However, we have to give extra concern on losing the tiny pieces.

      Milo the Science Rover is truly adorable. Please check the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 core set. It will allow you to build your own amazing robot like Milo.

  3. This is a very interesting and educational article on Lego education and getting started and the steps in building Milo the Science Rover. My son recently started to learn how to do coding, and although he is still a beginner, I am sure he will find this very helpful to learn more about motion sensors. 

    1. Lego Education WeDo 2.0 core set is the first robotics set where my kids begin to learn coding. It is truly interesting and educational. Even my five year old son loves it. I’m sure your son will love it, too.

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