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1 STEM Robotics Doug Porter Saint Ursula Academy Cincinnati ,Ohio 45206
20 Years as a teacher 6th Grade Life Science 7th Grade Earth and Space Science 8th Grade Physical Science Tech Prep General Biology CP Biology Honors Biology AP Biology Anatomy and Physiology Forensics Robotics: Coach, Competition director Instructor, Writer

2 What is a robot?

3 Characteristics Robots are…
Tools (make work easier, safer in some way) Mechanical (move, or manipulate objects) Sensors (respond to, or detect changes) Autonomous/Remote Control Programmable ? Yes Yes/No No Yes Yes Yes

4 What is the purpose of your robotics program?
Develop Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills (STEM). Develop critical thinking, problem solving skills Develop team work Tie STEM activities to existing courses/programs

5 Getting Started Cheaply
Junkbots Motors Battery Holders Switches Electronics The art of creative dumpster diving

6 Classroom Challenges Junkbots
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

7 BEAM Robotics “Mark Tilden”
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

8 Biology Sensing and Responding to the environment
Solarbotics parts and network Make Magazine Project Ideas

9 Educational Robotics Lego Robotics: RCX: Programmable Autonomous
RCX: Programmable Autonomous NXT: Programmable or Remote Tetrix: Programmable or Remote First Competitions

10 VEX Robotics: Programmable or Remote
VEX World Competition:

11 Programming Mindstorms Robolab RCX Robots Robot C NXT, Tetrix Robots

12 Other Competitions BEST Robotics BotBall Botball Store

13 Links and Resources Parts/Kits Junkbots/BEAM Educational Kits
Educational Kits

14 Links and Resources cont.
Books/Magazines Davids Cooks Robot Guides Software RobotC Tutorials, Teacher Materials, Workshops and Software Training Carnegie Mellon University Robot C Virtual Worlds

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