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Robotics

Students will learn how to engage in a robotics club.  Students will work in teams to design and build a robot to complete a series of given tasks.  Students will also learn how to program a robot to perform certain functions.

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Students will learn what it means to be autonomous and how to program robots to move on their own. They will learn the importance of giving specific, exact directions in a computer program to make the robot do what they want and go where they want. They will program the robots to complete increasingly difficult tasks, culminating in a robotics team competition.

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Students begin the unit learning about what robots are and how humans use robots to avoid dull, dirty, or dangerous work. Students will complete several tasks that require them to design a solution to a problem while following the given criteria and constraints, while also learning about inputs and outputs on a robot.

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I envision this being used in a self paced, blended, rotation setting, where students switch between learning lessons online and trying them out real life on the robot.  This is the first unit in my robotics course.

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This unit is incorporated into our 5th Grade Project Lead The Way (PLTW) unit, Robotics, and my students are going to write an informational piece on how robots can help humans and society.  Module One in PLTW is all about how robots can help in disasterous, dangerous and dirty situations.

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