To experience hands-on basic robotic systems and programming

Essential Questions:

  1. How can/will robotic technology impact our future in a positive way?
  2. What are the required components, factors and skills to build a functioning robot?
  3. How to program a robot to perform autonomous tasks?
  4. How to use problem solving step to adapt to errors, mistakes, or faulty equipment

Work ExpectationsProblemSolvingStepsSM

  • Students are expected to gently use the robots and related equipment.
  • Cleanup and organize all robots and parts – every period
  • Groups will use only their assigned robots

Beginning Activity

Start by one group member downloading the following chart and following the directions. The other member or members should organize the parts box and review each page (from page 8 to 22) in the 9797 instruction booklet to make sure your robot is correctly put together. Check the condition of the batteries.

Frequency chart worksheet9

As a group, watch and follow in order the following videos:

Challenge #1

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Challenge #2

Task: Get your robot to get as far as you can through the maze.
  • Two types of robots may compete in the contest:
    1. Tactile-sensor type, meaning that the robot must use physical contact with the walls as the only means of navigating the maze. The robot must touch the wall for each turn.
    2. A non-tactile type, meaning the robot cannot physically contact the wall while navigating the maze.

Using a Touch Sensor for Tactile: See the 9797 book and follow pages 40 to 44

One way to program with the sensor. Might consider looping, but not necessary

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Using the Ultrasonic sensor: See 28 to 31 for how to build sensor. Might need to alter it so that the sensor is in the front and low to the ground.

See also an overview

Rubric for each of the challenges are based upon the following

30%: Completion of assignment on time (individually graded)
30%: Individual Effort towards completion of goal (individually graded)

  • Observable participation
  • Observable full use of available class time

30%: Teamwork / Sharing of duties / Communication (individually graded)

  • Observable attitude and its resultant effect upon team coherence.
  • Observed appropriate communication/interaction with team members
  • Completed self evaluation of individual teamwork performance

10%: Keeping robot parts clean and organized; follows cleanup procedures

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