Project Description

Students learn about robotics as they assemble and code robots capable of sensing and reacting to their surroundings. They experiment with different sensors: touch, reflectance, ultrasonic, and infrared. After integrating sensors, students develop coding skills by programming the robot to solve challenges, such as following lines and object detection and avoidance. Students incorporate motions and light into the robot’s reactions.

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Key Concepts

Arduino, Communications protocols, Conditionals, DC motors, Functions, Infrared, Line following, Maze solving, RGB pixel, Pulse width modulation, Reflectance sensor, Remote control, Robotics, Servo motors, Subroutine, Ultrasonic sensor, Wall following

Essential Question

How can sensor readings be combined to make a robot accomplish specific goals?

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Summary of Standards

GRADES 6-8
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will design projects that combine hardware and software components, create clearly named variables, develop programs that combine control structures, test and refine programs, and decompose problems and subproblems into parts to facilitate the design, implementation, and review of programs.

Common Core ELA
Students will learn new content specific vocabulary, participate in collaborative group discussions, and interpret information that is presented through media.

Common Core Math
Students will write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will use mathematics and computational thinking and construct explanations and designing solutions.

Summary of Standards

GRADES 6-8

Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will design projects that combine hardware and software components, create clearly named variables, develop programs that combine control structures, test and refine programs, and decompose problems and subproblems into parts to facilitate the design, implementation, and review of programs.

Common Core ELA
Students will learn new content specific vocabulary, participate in collaborative group discussions, and interpret information that is presented through media.

Common Core Math
Students will write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will use mathematics and computational thinking and construct explanations and designing solutions.

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