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STEM Robotics Doug Porter Saint Ursula Academy Cincinnati,Ohio Years as a teacher 6 th Grade Life Science 7 th Grade Earth and Space Science 8 th Grade Physical Science Tech Prep General Biology CP Biology Honors Biology AP Biology Anatomy and Physiology Forensics Robotics: Coach, Competition director Instructor, Writer
What is a robot?
Tools (make work easier, safer in some way) Mechanical (move, or manipulate objects) Sensors (respond to, or detect changes) Autonomous/Remote Control Programmable ? Characteristics Robots are… YesNoYes/NoYes
Develop Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills (STEM). Develop critical thinking, problem solving skills Develop team work Tie STEM activities to existing courses/programs What is the purpose of your robotics program?
Junkbots Getting Started Cheaply The art of creative dumpster diving Motors Battery Holders Switches Electronics
Make an electric car that runs. Make it stop before it hits the wall. – Think outside the box, what do the rules allow, limit? Make a mechanical sensor that stops the car before it hits the wall. (Let the students modify the rules) – Repeat: Learn from others, modify, improve. After the first few examples let the students choose the challenge and let them make the rules. EX: Stop at the edge of a table, sumo bots Classroom Challenges Junkbots
BEAM = Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics: Biology -- It's tough to beat 4 billion years of evolution; the world around us is a wonderful source of inspiration and education. Bear in mind, of course, that unlike Mother Nature, you also have the advantage of gears, motors, bearings, and good glues! Bioengineering Electronics -- It kind of goes without saying, but this is what we'll use to drive our creations. BEAM robotics, though, strives for rich behaviors from simple circuits. Here's the key: simple and understandable circuits, surprisingly complex in behavior. Physics Aesthetics -- This just means your creations should look good. I'm an engineer, but even I appreciate a good-looking design. Besides, if a design looks "clean," it's more likely to work (and easier to test / debug) than a design that's tangled and unruly. Engineering, Art, Design Mechanics -- This is the less-than-obvious secret of many successful BEAMbots -- with a clever mechanical design, you can reduce the complexity of the rest of your robot (reducing the number of motors and sensors, for example). Physics, Engineering BEAM BEAM Robotics Mark Tilden
Solarbotics parts and network Make Magazine Project Ideas Biology Sensing and Responding to the environment