MOVE GLOBAL - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
LERO101-2: Lego, and not-so-Lego, Robots
Child safety and rules for everyone to be aware of
This class is designed to serve as a continuation into the magical world of LEGO (and not so LEGO) Robotics. We will be using LEGO Mindstorms & Technic robotic parts. We will use Lego EV3 microcontrollers to control our creations!
Express interest in STEM
All class materials will be supplied, students are always welcome to bring a creation from home to show and tell!
Student Learning Outcomes & Objectives
Student Learning Objectives
Engineering Design Process
**Note: schedule is subject to change based on group interests/speed. The flow is vital.
Week 1: Structures and statics (building a Lego bridge)
Day 1 (parents encouraged to join for the beginning of class)
Get acquainted with “the lab”
Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
Lego structural integrity “best practices”
Designing and build a simple bridge
Week 2: Circular motion and gears (building a Lego tractor)
What is a gear?
Introduction to gear ratios
Introduce the 1-motor tractor challenge
Start building tractors!
Week 3: It’s electric… (introducing motor control)
Finish tractor builds and wiring.
How cars turn: different approaches
Introduce bilateral motor control VIA Discovery Bot controller
Start building simple dual-motor cars that can turn!
Week 4: Twists and turns... (introducing Discovery Bot microcontrollers)
Finish dual-motor cars
Explore Discovery Bot features
Light sensors and Discovery Bot applications
Week 5: Brainey (introducing coding with Scratch and the EV3)
Welcome new students:
Review basic Lego components
Review bridges, gears and dual-motor cars
Introduce EV3 microcontrollers
Introduction to Scratch coding environment
Motors in Scratch
Program cars to drive in a square
Week 6: toxic waste cleanup challenge (3-week project)
Introduce and play //code game
Introduce ultrasonic sensors
Present ideas to group
Week 7: project build day
Week 8: Finish toxic waste project (last class of session)
Finish builds and coding
Test bots and debug
Parents come for final demo (last 20 minutes of class)
- May the Force be with you! -
Instructor: Alex Milewski
Location: 3371 Hickok Pl. Boulder, 80301. **Please either park in the spot #8 (second from the end on the left) or in a "Visitor" spot: we cannot park in any other spot numbers without sad neighors.
Office Hours: Whenever
Office Telephone: 7205158455
Open Door Policy:
All inside doors will always be open during classes. My front door is always "open" as well, and all parents are encouraged to stop by (or stay) for class whenever possible!
Substances & guns:
There are no illegal substances of any sort in my home. Any legal & prescription substances are kept out of sight and not in "public" spaces. This is a gun-free home: there are no firearms or other dangerous weapons (beyond kitchen knives) here.
I will never ask students to keep secrets from eachother or parents.
All children have a right to physical autonomy and to feel comfortable. If they feel uncomfortable in their body, they are encouraged to honor that and I will always support them in that autnomy.
I will only initiate consensual, safe touch like high fives. If a student initiates a casual hug, I will reciprocate that...
I also ask students to limit rough-housing and maintain their body autonomy with eachother in class, and will support students if they seem uncomfortable with physical play from peers (and communicate with parents if this happens).
Knowledge and implementation of the Engineering Design Process
Basic understanding of how motors and gears work, including worm & rack gears
Introductory programming concepts (if statements, loops, etc)
Using Technic parts to build a simple “tractor” car using a single motor and gear train
Understanding how an electrical motor works
Basic understanding of structural integrity and building sturdy machines
Using sensors, motors, coding and a microcontroller, to allow a machine to respond to stimuli in its environment
Working in a group to solve a problem
Learning basic problem solving skills and the Engineering Design Process
Understanding what makes a robot a robot, vs just an electrical machine
Deeper understanding of building/prototyping machines with LEGO
Basic understanding of what programming is
Ask constructive questions
Be respectful and kind to others
Must build a robot (or multiple) to clear contaminated area of toxic waste
Robot must detect "cliff" edges
Robot location and orientation will be random
Area must be cleared in less than 2 minutes