Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology, in this course students learn how to build different robots and program them to move. Students work with motors and sensors, and explore how light, touch, sound, ultrasonic, color and accelerometer sensors can enhance our robots. Students model real-life mechanisms and use creativity, logic and problem-solving skills. Inventing their own robots, students will find out how exciting it can be to bring the digital world of computers into our physical world.
Key Topics: Block Programming • Sensors • Simple Machines • Problem-Solving
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Students explore various sensors and mechanical topics, such as simple machines, gears, levers and rotational and linear motion. They apply their knowledge to program a robot to follow a line using light sensors.
Students design and test robots designed to traverse a steep incline. They are challenged to build a strong gear system to power the robots up a hill.
In the culminating activity for the course, students build and program robots to be “sumobots.” The final activity is a sumo challenge where the goal is for one robot to push another out of a 24″ ring.
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Across i2 Courses, Teachers Agree that Students Showed Persistence with Difficult Tasks
"I was inspired to code more and take bigger chances and not to be afraid of not succeeding."
"I don't get to progress like this at school."
"I'm happy I came because I make new friends and I got to make fun things I never thought I could do before."