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January 11, Beginning Robotics 2005 Prairie Creek Elementary RoboClub
January 11, Robot of the Day “Robot” from the TV series “Lost in Space Favorite quote: “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!” Favorite quote: “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!” Fictional: Portrayed by an actor inside a costume Wore top half and walked around for moving scenes with cameras showing only the waist up Wore full costume and stayed put for full length scenes
January 11, Welcome to PCE Robotics! Agenda (what we’re gonna do today) Introduction to LEGO Robotics Description of PCE robotics program Boring stuff Questions and Answers Your Coaches Lloyd Lashbrook Galen Kannarr: or
January 11, Introduction to LEGO Robotics
January 11, What is a Robot? Definition A machine that is programmed to do jobs that are usually performed by a person A device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks A mechanism guided by automatic controls Robots, using LEGO? Movie Movie Demo: Roverbot
January 11, Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System Developed by Lego and MIT Heart: the RCX The brain of your robot Contains a small computer Sensor inputs to sense the world Light sensor Touch sensor Outputs to control motors Infrared port Communicate with a PC Communicate with another RCX Speaker for beeps and music Display tells you what is going on Motor Outputs Sensor Inputs Infrared Communication Control Buttons Display Sound
January 11, Lots of Parts This is not your father’s Lego set
January 11, PCE Beginning Robotics Program
January 11, Why are we here? Students To have fun Coaches To expose students to science and engineering concepts To develop real-world problem-solving skills To teach design and programming To have fun Parents Because you were asked to come To help the coaches and students achieve the above To have fun
January 11, Goals Basics Learn to build an existing robot design Learn to use Mindstorms 2.0 software Learn to program simple behaviors by example Advanced Learn to design effective machines Learn program complex behaviors Compete in RISD elementary competition (May) Be ready to enter FIRST Lego League competition Next year Kickoff in September, competition in December A team of 6 th graders just finished PCE’s first entry in FLL
January 11, Teams We have 8 kits and software for 8 teams 2-student teams seem to work best (1 robot and 1 computer to keep hands busy) If more than 16 students sign up, some teams will have 3 members Teams will stay together through May Each team will have its own kit Will be responsible for keeping it in order
January 11, Parental Support Coaches cannot do it alone What you can do for us: Help students stay focused on the challenges Enforce appropriate behavior First stop for questions (“What was it the coach said?”) Technical skills are not required We need one parent per team each week Rotate with other parents Need to establish schedule for next 4 weeks tonight Special volunteer opportunity: parent coordinator Parents: Your presence is crucial for a successful year
January 11, The Plan Sign up by Friday Include $5 annual dues Form 8 teams (___ per team) Parents work out rotation for support Meet once each week in the evening Will this time slot work? (Tuesday 7:00-8:30 p.m.) Start next week, skipping spring break and TAKS RISD G.E.A.R. robotics competition Challenge kickoff probably after spring break Competition probably May 7 End-of-year party May 10
January 11, Weekly Routine Introduction to activity Break into teams to work on activity Information sheet to help parent guide activity “Extra credit” activities fill extra time and keep all team members busy 8:20 p.m.—clean up Kits in order: earn a treat Preparation for RISD challenge less structured One parent present with each team.
January 11, RoboClub Rules Attend regularly and be on time Your teammates need you It will be hard to catch up Respect your teammate, other teams, adults, and LEGO pieces In particular, use only polite language and behavior Use LEGO pieces appropriately Although LEGO art is cool, it won’t help you solve the challenge Keep your kit in order When using computers, stick to robotics activities No web surfing or game playing Consequences: Sit out Call parents, go home early Expulsion from robotics
January 11, We want to use for most of our communication Much more efficient than paper More reliable than word of mouth group established with Yahoo! Groups Set up as a newsletter (not a discussion group) About once a week Only coaches can send or see member list Student and parents are all encouraged to subscribe See me for changes, additions, or problems Expect to see a couple of welcome messages in your in-box this week
January 11, HELP WANTED! Apprentice Robotics Coach Play with LEGOs! Play with kids! Earn $100,000* On-the-job training through 2006 Will be groomed as heir apparent to head coach’s position Technical skills helpful; willingness to learn better *$100,000 offer not good on planet Earth
January 11, What’s next? Parent and student discuss commitment Decide together Sign up and find teammate(s) by Friday Turn in forms and $5 to Mr. Lashbrook We start next week!
January 11, Questions? Answers!
January 11, Thanks for coming! See You Next Week! Tuesday, January 18 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
January 11, Parent Schedule Parent JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay SpringBreakSpringBreak TAKSWeekTAKSWeek