W15 Maker Space: When the class needs to be in this room you must walk there quickly and quietly. NO Detours! Unless you return with a note explaining where you were. The Maker Space (W15) will be where the robots and equipment are stored. We will also have some lessons here. Mostly these will be building and modifying the robots. T14/Kr14 Computer Room: Once the robots are build they can be charged and programmed using the PC's in T14 /Kr14.
HISTORY OF ROBOTICS
Link to Weblog (Blog) with resources to explain the definition, components and history of robotics.
CONSTRUCTING LEGO MINDSTORM PROJECTS
It will take a while to learn how to construct your LEGO Mindstorm projects. The Constuctopedia tutorial is valuable in learning different blocks and how to use them. Download the Constructopedia 2 Guide here
BUILDING YOUR FIRST ROBOT
TEAM WORK: You will be divided into teams of 4-5 learners. You must work in a team, and each team must have a responsible team leader. Before using the robot or the EV3 brick, motors or sensors each team leader must get these components from the Learning Leader. The LL will record who has what and its the team leaders responsibility to return these components at the end of the lesson. SHARED ROLES: The best way to learn is if every member of the team has a go at as many roles as possible. However the overall guiding principle will be of team work and harmony within the teams and classroom. ROBOT DESIGN: There are a number of designs that are similar and effectively do similar things. We will start with either the Lego design or the Riley Rover design. The Lego design is in the Lego workbook which comes with each box of Lego parts. The Riley Rover design will need to be printed or followed from a digital file.
Learning Intentions 1. Form teams of 4-5 learners and elect a leader 2. Sort the Lego parts and learn what parts there are and where they go in the parts tray. 3. Leader needs to sign out brick, and motors for the basic robot 4. Team to build robot according to Lego or Riley Rover design 5. Learners to cooperate and problem solve as they go. Getting the most out of this unique learning experience. Lesson will be in Maker Space (W15) all materials will be provided at that location. Learners are to build the robot and then learn how to test the robot (make sure the robot is on the floor when you test it. It will need about a half metre square to run the test program). Instructions for building the robot come with each box of Lego, the instructions on testing are available in the User Guide. If you have extra-time you could disassemble the robot and repeat the process with the other design.
Lessons to take place in computer rooms. Robots to be signed out to team leaders. Pack up 10-15mins before break to collect all equipment back in.
All the lessons and worksheets used so far are from the website EV3Lessons.com, they are the beginner lessons. For more advanced lessons you can go to the website yourself and download the lesson plans and follow the instructions. Link to EV3Lessons.com
RoboCup Junior New Zealand runs every year. Learner from year 9 -13 can enter in teams of 2-4 people. The date for the Auckland competition is Saturday, 12 August 2017. Entries close by Friday 28th of July. All the information is available on the website http://www.robocupjunior.org.nz/competition/ If you want to enter please see your Learning Leader.