Introduction to Lego Robotics
Build and program robots that can do amazing things!
This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be utilizing Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, Lego Mindstorms software and various Lego Robotics materials. Activities are designed to be at a very basic level to introduce the student to programming, building techniques, as well as problem solving strategies. Students will be involved in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, and program robotic projects. These projects will start with very simple designs which will grow in complexity through the trimester.
Students will learn –
- How to collaborate in groups and teams
- How to design robots for specific activities and scenarios
- How to use robotics programming software
- To design, develop and complete robotic activities and challenges
The aim of this class is to prepare students for more advanced robotic classes that will explore topics such as motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems. Participation in this class will allow the teacher to determine skill level and recommend an appropriate level for future classes.
The class is suitable for grades 3 through 5.
Instructor: Clive S Woodhouse, PhD
Day of Week: Monday
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Dates of classes: 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, no class 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, no class 6/19, 6/26 – 8 classes
Location: Room 302
Originally from England, Elaine trained in Early Childhood Education, and Fine and Applied Art, before moving to the United States in 1982. Since then she has acquired over 20 years of teaching experience, including several years in the Head Start Program. The majority of her experience however has been providing after school art enrichment classes at Seattle Public Schools.
She has also been retained as an Artist in Residence,
Elaine’s interest in folk art led to authoring a book on metal repujado, and several television appearances. She is responsible for developing and popularizing metal embossing techniques and products in the crafting industry.
Elaine has also received certification as a social worker, specializing in child care. Most recently she completed training as a sign language interpreter.
“Traditionally, folk art was created by people who did not even have a word for art in their culture. Art was simply what people did. It was a part of being human. My classes foster this philosophy in a contemporary setting. Folk art often has a practical purpose or meets a specific need. Many of my classes utilize found objects and recycling, reflecting our society’s need to conserve and repurpose”