STEM Education and 21st Century Learning
Robotics Academy Program (5th – 8th Grade)
The Robotic Academy (RA) is a comprehensive robotics program designed to inspire students to develop an early interest in robotics engineering and technology whiles developing skills that will lead to advanced robotics competition. The RA will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts taught through problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking. Students will be active participants through hands-on learning opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry, investigation and experimentation. Inquiry-based lessons challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action.
Introduction to Simple Machines and Structures - Students will investigate and understand the operation of simple and compound machines found in everyday life: gears, wheels and axles, levers and pulleys.
Basic Robotic Design - Students will learn the function of basic electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, and Transistors. The design process will be emphasized as the robots are tested and their designs are modified.
Introduction to Lego Robotics - Students will build and explore machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines and study gearing mechanisms.
Lego Robotics (Programming) - Introduction to Lego Programming - enables students to learn, construct and then bring their models to life using intuitive drag-and-drop software. Lego Design and Programming - Student will design using Lego Mindstorm which contains software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts.
Advanced Lego Robotics (Lego Mindstorm EV3) - It enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology. Students brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a process of selecting, building, testing, and evaluating. This provides an excellent way of getting students to talk to each other and cooperate as well as giving them hands-on experience with an array of sensors, motors, and intelligent units.
Seaperch Robotics - Seaperch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The Seaperch Robotics Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Building a Seaperch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures.