TO THE PARENTS
Today, one discovery leads to another. Since the advent of telecommunications, each scientific discovery is shared with a network of innovators across the world, which in turn leads to other discoveries; information grows exponentially. There have been studies that suggest that the total knowledge of humankind doubles every four years. This growth of information has led to changes in the way that teachers teach, as well as the organizers they must select to prepare children to be contributors in the modern world. Robotics offers educators a unit of study that implicitly demonstrates the application of math, science, and technology as well as introduces children to the following work related competencies: project and time management, resource allocation, information accessing, systems understanding, team work, and problem solving. Robotics introduces academic concepts in contexts that make sense to children. Children begin to gain an understanding of the digital world that they grow up in.

Our curriculum is designed to be used with the LEGO® Robotics Set, ROBOLAB software, and other robotics resources.

Our curriculum focuses on:

  • Introduction to robotics
  • Basic programming
  • Electronic control
  • Advanced programming using variables
  • Mechanics
  • Design engineering
  • Scientific processes
  • Project management, problem solving, teaming, and the development of workplace competencies.

Lesson Design

Each lesson is designed to be student centered. The teacher becomes the facilitator and presents information on a need to know basis. Lessons are designed to reinforce math, science, and technology concepts. As the lessons evolve, students begin to recognize the importance of the academic concepts used because they are delivered in context.

An important part of every lesson is documentation. Students are expected to keep a notebook that documents their work. They are required to keep all completed worksheets in their notebook. All written documentation in the notebook will be in full sentences. All sketches will be evaluated using the standard sketch evaluation found in the appendix of this document.

Students will be immersed in activities that require the integration of software and hardware. Students are required to write programs to control their robots. They are introduced to conditional statements, loops, and logic. Part of the project requires each team to document their work on a homepage and to prepare for a presentation using presentation software.

Students will be required to work in teams. The teams will consist of a project manager, a programmer, an engineer, and a communications specialist. Students will be encouraged to work together and exchange roles so they are able to experience each of the roles. The students will be immersed in activities that require them to effectively manage time and materials to complete the project in a successful manner.

Computer skills students will need

Multitasking - working with one or more software applications at the same time.
Creating a directory - Creating a new folder, naming it and locating it on the computer

 
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