March 9, 2008

Robotic Engineering Pacing Guide of Main Units of Study
Introduction to Robotics.....................................................................................................1 Introduction to VEX Programming.....................................................................................1 Physics and Robotics.........................................................................................................2 Sensors .............................................................................................................................2 Arms and End Effectors.....................................................................................................2 Careers..............................................................................................................................3

Units of Study Introduction to Robotics
Students will understand that using the robotic engineering design cycle creates an efficient process for safely building robots. Students will know: • robotic terms and concepts. • how to organize research in a notebook according to the engineering design cycle. • how to follow directions to construct a robot. Students will be able to: • apply robotic concept while safety building a robot. • apply the knowledge gained in the engineering design cycle to troubleshoot robots. Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will: • demonstrate how to control robots using radio control.

Introduction to VEX Programming
Students will understand that robots operate using computer programming to enhance tasks. Students will know: • the difference between RC control and autonomous control. • correct program flow. • the main programming structures and components. Students will be able to: • load a program to the microcontroller. • write pseudo code. • create programs to make the robot move forward, backward, left and right. Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will: • Make a BaseBot follow a complex path using programming in autonomous mode

March 9, 2008

Physics and Robotics
Students will understand that applying physics concepts improves the functionality of robots being built. Students will know: • physics concepts. • how to use motors as part of a robot Students will be able to: • apply physics concepts to change the functionality of robots. • use motors to move a robot to a specific destination Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will: • apply physics concepts to configure the BaseBot to pull a weighted sled.

Sensors
Students will understand that sensors are the input of a robot. Students will know: • the different types of sensors robots use. • the difference between digital and analog sensors. Students will be able to: • attach sensors to their robot. • create an autonomous sensor enabled robot. Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will: • enhance a BaseBot with sensors so it can find and knock over a target autonomously in a specified time period.

Arms and End Effectors
Students will understand that adding an arm and end effectors helps a robot become more functional. Students will know: • how an arm and end effector function on a robot. • that arms and end effectors have limitations. Students will be able to: • attach an arm and end effector to a robot. • move items using an arm and end effector. Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will be able to use an arm and end effector to retrieve an object.

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Careers
Students will understand different careers/applications in the field of robotics. Students will know: • different careers related to robotics. • what robotics does for humanity. • different applications of robotics. Students will be able to: • find quality information about robotics careers. • explain how a robot functions to extend human capabilities Unit Assessment - By the end of this unit each student will share a robotics presentation to the class. Priorities: Scott: Intro to Robotics Physics and Robotics Arms and End Effectors Randy: Intro to Programming Sensors Careers

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