Welcome to the Robot Engineering Class!
Join the team, find and solve problems, demonstrate task specific programs and show your mettle! Develop logical problems solving skills applicable in all areas of life. This is STEM.Young learners in Grades 4 to 8 will be introduced to the amazing world of robotics and programming using standard industry techniques Whether your young learner is a beginner or not, this slow paced detailed class will introduce or reinforce important concepts in programming robots. We use the Top Down Modular Method of Programming to elicit important data, develop algorithms, check with flowcharts and re-check with test benches before writing final code. Learners will become familiar with the VEX IQ system and integrated development environment, and will work with the graphical level of RobotC. RobotC is free for the VEX system and can be used to continue classwork at home. Classes will be task oriented, tasks will be given as challenges to be met on an individual and team basis. Robots will be remotely controlled to ‘feel’ how they work, and then be driven autonomously. The VEX IQ™ Superkit that we use has over 850 pieces including a powerful ARM ‘brain’, 12 configurable inputs and outputs, 4 encodes smart motors, colour sensor, distance sensor, gyroscope sensor, 2 touch sensors and 2 bumper sensors. There are more electronics in the VEX system than Lego EV3, and that leads to more interesting designs. VEX Robots can be built very quickly leaving time for programming, testing and competitive fun. VEX also has the largest robotics competitions in the world, and is supported by Carnegie Mellon’s online robotics program. It is the best robotic development system for education. Each pair of learners will have use of one VEX IQ Superkit robot, and each learner will use his or her own computer when programming. Typically one learner programs and the other assembles and troubleshoots and the roles are reversed the following class. Learners will demonstrate their robots on specially designed sensor and competition mats. Learners must have at minimum strong Grade 4 arithmetic knowledge. Learners must be able to divide and multiply, and be able to understand basic right angle triangle geometry. Children in lower grades are encouraged to enrol in our Lego robotics classes.