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You Call This a Robot? - Day 1

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Discovery Experience 1 - You Call This a Robot?Robotics Learning Objective: The students will learn how basic parts of a robot work by building a robot using either a (1) Lego robotics kit, (2) a VEX robotics kit, or (3) other material.

Note to Teacher:  This curriculum will be designed with Lego Robots. There are several reasons for this:  (1) Lego robots are easier to use both for new students and new teachers (2) the programming is simpler, and (3) it is easier to use the sensors and incorporate them into challenges.  If the teacher has a more advanced class and is used to VEX robots, they can use the VEX kits to do virtually the same thing. The building and programming are more complex, but at the same time VEX allows students to be more creative and can also incorporate driver operated tasks where the robot is controlled by radio control.

SCIENCE STANDARDS   ADDRESSED

http://standardstoolkit.k12.hi.us/index.html

HCPS III SCIENCE

HCPS ELA BENCHMARKS

SC.PS.1.2

LA.9.1.1; LA.9.4.1; LA.9.6.1

SC.CH.1.2

LA.10.1.1; LA10.4.1; LA.10.6.1

SC.PH.1.2

LA.11.1.1; LA.11.4.1; LA.11.6.1

 

LA.12.1.1; LA.12.4.1; LA.12.6.1

Time Allotment:  3 days


Discovery Experience 1 - You Call This a Robot?Robotics Learning Objective: The students will learn how basic parts of a robot work by building a robot using either a (1) Lego robotics kit, (2) a VEX robotics kit, or (3) other material.

Day 1 - Background

Materials and Resources Needed:

  • Lego robot kit
  • Building instructions for “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Base Set”


Procedure:

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  1. Students Build a Lego robot from a number of design options
    • Instructions from “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Base Set”
    • Another good option is: Domabotics-1
    • A third option is: Domabotics-2
  2. Lecture with students on computers: Programming
  3. Teacher shows how to do basic programming while students follow along and make the robot (1) go forward (2) turn (3) stop



Discovery Experience 1 - You Call This a Robot?Robotics Learning Objective: The students will learn how basic parts of a robot work by building a robot using either a (1) Lego robotics kit, (2) a VEX robotics kit, or (3) other material.

Day 2 – Practice Programming

Materials and Resources Needed:

  1. Lego robot kit
  2. Lego Mindstorm programming
  3. Instructions for different challenges
  4. Student logbook


Procedure:

  1. Students are given several different tasks to perform with their robot and when done they are checked off
    1. Go to the wall and back 
    2. Trace a shape on the floor  
    3. Draw a letter  
    4. Choreograph a dance to a 30 second segment of a song  
    5. Carry an object to a certain point and drop the object in a square
  2. Record observations in student log



Discovery Experience 1 - You Call This a Robot?Robotics Learning Objective: The students will learn how basic parts of a robot work by building a robot using either a (1) Lego robotics kit, (2) a VEX robotics kit, or (3) other material.

Day 3   – What is a robot?

Materials and Resources Needed:

  • What is programming?  PPT (TR)Resources
    Incorporate driver operated tasks where the robot is controlled by radio control.


Procedure:

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  1. What is a robot? Activity
    • Students research (1) a definition of a robot, and (2) an example of a robot in today’s society with a picture
    • Students share their definitions with the class
    • Teacher makes a circle on the board, writing words and phrases from definitions
    • Students then use these to construct their own definition of a robot
    • Students then briefly share their examples of robots with the class
  2. Lecture:  What is programming?
    • Teacher loads website
      Think Up or prints out a copy for students
    • Each paragraph coincides with slides from the slide show, so students read a paragraph and then the teacher lectures and fills in information from the PPT  
    • Example of programming language: 
      Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
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  4. In the Student logbook, students reflect on the programming experience and activity
    • Some helpful questions might be:
      • What is hardest about programming?
      • When programming, what kinds of things must you think about?
      • "Programming often uses a lot of trial and error.” Reflect on this statement.
      • Why would it help to write out what you are trying to do before you program it? Why would you suspect organization to be important for programmers?


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Contact Info

  • Kathleen Letsky, Curriculum Specialist
  • Nathan Patia, STEM Specialist
  • Salvador Cabusi, Technology Specialist
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  • Krause Family Foundation
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Tel: 808.778.1265

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