Travel in universe

CS 45mins


Activity Lesson Key Information

Project Name: Travel in Universe

Big Idea: How to use Matatalab to draw different shapes

Concepts: Matatalab tangible coding language, Universe, Geometry.

Objectives: Draw a picture of the Universe and color it

Learning Outcomes:

Understand how to use Matatalab to draw.

Use MatataBot to draw different shapes on large white paper.

Collaborate to get the artwork done.

Key Vocabulary:

Universe: The universe is all of space and time and their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy.

Pentagram: A pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha, pentangle or star pentagon) is the shape of a five-pointed star.

Triangle: A triangle is a polygon with three edges and three vertices. It is one of the basic shapes in geometry.

Square: In geometry, a square is a regular quadrilateral, which means that it has four equal sides and four equal angles (90-degree angles, or 100-gradian angles or right angles).

Circle: A circle is a shape consisting of all points in a plane that are a given distance from a given point, the centre; equivalently it is the curve traced out by a point that moves in a plane so that its distance from a given point is constant.

Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge needed

Standards:(ISTE, CSTA, Common Core, NGSS, etc. )

NCAS: VA:Cr1.1, VA:Cr1.2, VA:Cr2.1 VA:Cr2.3, VA:Cr3.1, VA:Re8.1, VA:Cn11.1

ISTE:1a, 1c, 3d, 4a, 4d, 6d

Matatalab Products & Supplementary Materials

Coding Set | Artist Add-On | Pro-Set

  • Supplementary Materials

Big white paper,erasable water color pens and crayon

Detailed Activity/Lesson Plans

Lead in & Guided Activity

Enjoy the picture of the Universe.

Review how to use MatataBot to draw shapes

Independent Activity

Students need to:

  1. Understand the definition of the universe

  1. Understand the definition of different shapes

  1. Use Matatabot to draw shapes on the big white paper.

  1. Color the universe image with their own imagination

  1. Collaborate to get the artwork done.

Feedback & Extension

Introduce all the elements in the artwork.

Storytelling the travel in the Universe.

Essential questions:

Did you realize that the degree block you used was not the angle degree inside the shape?

If you have changed “turn left” and “turn right” in your program, would you have a same graphic?

Do you have more fun with those drawings?

If you want to travel in the universe, do you want to drive a MatataBot or other spaceship?