Robotics Teachers:

John Beam

Jerrel Crider
Starting course 2010-2011 school year

Chris Glynn
Teaches Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and incorporates robotics into the course. Has an after-school program and participates in FIRST Lego League (FLL).

Jo Anne Grimshaw
Teaches course and does competitions

Jon Howard
Teaches course; expects doing competitions
beginning 2011-2012

Projects & Class Activities:
Current Events Site with lots of Robotics-related current events along with instructions for preparing a current events report

The official title of this workbook is Robotics by Bruce Barnes with a 1988 copyright to A.P. Meisel (Mound, MN). While the booklet is over 20 years old, it is a good resource to draw upon and incorporate information as needed into your curriculum.

Free Software:
Lego Digital Designer** LEGO Digital Designer is a 3D modeling app the lets you build with LEGO bricks on your computer.

Planning Tools for Robotics Careers A wiki created by Jo Anne Grimshaw as her first step toward planning for the fall 2010 semester. Viewers must have a gmail account and permission from Jo Anne to view this wiki. Site designed to organize and present information on robots and other up-coming technologies that will likely have significant ramifications on the future of society. It has daily robot news, the world's largest humanoid robot database, and revolutionary articles pertaining to the up-coming Robot, Space, and Fusion Revolution.
NXT Building & Programming Instructions Complete step-by-step building instructions for building engaging robots. Some downloadable programs are provided. Warnings: (1) Most robots require more parts than are included in the basic NXT robotics kits. (2) Some robots require programming skills beyond the level of the average student.
The Tech Museum: Robotics The Tech Museum (also known as "The Tech") is located in "Silicon Valley," specifically San Jose, California. Students need a worksheet to complete while they are viewing the website [I have not developed any yet, and there are not any online]. Otherwise there is nothing to engage the students. The Tech's robotics website presents four categories of information:
  • universal robots -- history and workings of robots
  • robo art -- features four San Francisco Bay Area artists
  • machines and man -- robotics and ethics in the 21st century
  • at your command -- "control your own remotely operated vehicle" [This is less than exciting. However, at the bottom of the page are five links that appear worthy of being checked out.]
Forces and Moments at Technology Student Concerned with the different types of forces that can be applied to any structure. Moments of force and equilibrium are also discussed.
Gears and Pullies at Technology Student Areas covered include spur gears, compound gears, chain drive, rack / pinion systems and pulley systems.
Mechanisms at Technology Student CAM profiles are discussed in detail as well as the design of a CAM toy. Linkages are also considered.
PIC Microcontrollers at Technology Student Microcontrollers are small and can be programmed to carry out a number of tasks and are ideal for school and industrial projects. A simple program is written using a computer, it is then downloaded to a microcontroller which in turn can control a robotic device.

Competitive Events:
FIRST Lego League (FLL) - FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global program created to get children excited about science and technology. A hands-on program for ages 9 to 16 (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada), FLL uses Challenges based on real world scientific problems to engage children in research, problem solving, and engineering. The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an FLL event – much like a high energy sporting event. Referees monitor and score the Robot Game. Judges review team presentations. An FLL event is a pumped-up environment with music and excitement that celebrates the work the children have done throughout the season.