Project Description

Discover the world of programming and robotics. Students assemble and code robots capable of sensing and reacting (through motion and light) to their surroundings. They experiment with different sensors and develop their coding skills by programming their robots to solve mazes and challenges — such as following lines and object detection and avoidance.

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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?

Preview our STEAM curriculum with the TinkRsynth Lesson Sampler (Grades 6-8).


Summary of Standards


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.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Students will synthesize information to create new understanding. They will participate in student-led discussions by eliciting and considering suggestions from other group members, taking notes, and identifying points of agreement and disagreement. Students will use the order of operations to generate numerical expressions.


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