Makers Club - Range Finder Lesson 4 – Piper


Lesson Time:
45 to 60 minutes



Sensors connected to the Piper Computer Kit provide students with educational hands-on experience that integrates environmental sensory data with unparalleled coding and story adventures.

The Sensor Explorer projects and lessons feature three sensors that you wire up to the Piper Computer. Students will then be guided through character-driven story narratives while using game-like StoryMode to learn how decisions impact final outcomes within three unique StoryMode world puzzles and problems. Coupled with the game experience in StoryMode, students will have fun extending their coding skills using PiperCode while collecting real-world data using the 3 sensors.

This lesson will make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Students will learn to set up and use a motion sensor with the Piper Computer. Students will complete the lesson by playing StoryMode: Starlab Mission; Post No. 34 1/2 and use units of distance, time, speed, and frequency to solve puzzles.





Security System Installer

Civil Engineer

Construction Manager

Avionics Technician


In this lesson, students will deepen their understanding of graphs, PiperCode, and predict proportional relationships while interpreting the unit rate as the slope of graphs.






Understand how waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.


Develop programs with sequences and simple loops, to express ideas or address a problem.


Graph, compare, and predict proportional relationships while interpreting the unit rate as the slope of graphs.



Explore how to make and read graphs by creating their own story in PiperCode.



Review lesson resources and components for 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) and student grouping.

​Read the resources yourself, and make sure you understand the basics motion, distance, rate, and wavelengths change with distance and time.

​Review grade-level standards in science and math as they relate to waveforms, measuring object motion, prediction, and solving word problems involving speed and time.

    • Review PiperCode Security Alarm.

  • Make sure Piper battery packs are charged before use


Teacher-led Discussion (5 minutes)

Use slides 2-4 in the Lesson 4 Slide Deck to discuss the stories created for each graph. Students are provided the graphs in their graphic organizers.


Guiding questions:

  1. What do the labels tell us about the data on display?

  2. What do you think is happening in this data?

  3. Can you create a story for this graph?

  4. Share your story with your partner/group


Explore: Have students use the graphs they created for the explanation (30-40 minutes)

Students will explore how to read graphs by creating their own in PiperCode. Guided directions and space for recording observations can be found in this graphic organizer.


Explain (10-15 Minutes)

Use slide 5 to review the different graphs created by each group. Participating groups can try to describe the motion displayed by the data.

Alternate activity: have groups share their graphs and have the other groups try to create an explanation of the movement shown.


Apply: Students learn how to calculate for speed/rate using graphs.

Provide students with graphs that show different speeds. Slides 6 - 8 describe the different types of slopes and how to calculate for speed using the slope.


Closing/Reflection Activity (10-15 Minutes)

Have students respond to these writing prompts:

  • How do waves help you experience the world around you?
  • How do graphs help us describe situations in our lives?

Have students complete the summative assessment to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson.