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Beginning Robotics course expectations




Automation and Robotics (AR) allows students to trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects.


  • Learn problem solving skills

  • To identify the major components of a robot

  • Develop basic skills in robot design

  • Develop basic skills in the fabrication of robots

  • Learn basic computer programing.

  • Develop knowledge of facts, terminology, concepts, and principles related to engineering and the design process.

  • Develop basic research and presentation skills.

  • Investigate STEM-related career opportunities

Requested Supplies

Pens, Pencils, Earbuds, Tissues

Assessment Methods 

Performance Tasks, Participation, Quizzes, Tests, and Essays are all methods of assessment along with semester exams.

  • Formative and Summative Assessments make up 80% of the semester & course final grade. 

  • Semester Exam makes up 20% of the final grade.


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Course Materials Fee

In order to participate in our class labs for robotics, each student will have to pay the required class fee of $30.

Please send this with your student as soon as possible. The $30 materials fee is to be brought to the school banker.  

If you have any concerns about the fee please feel free to contact me.


  • Attend class daily, on time and ready to work.

  • Participate and contribute to group assignments and projects. 

  • Maintain a daily, complete, organized engineering notebook 

  • Have all assignments done and submitted when they are due.

  • Review work done each day.

  • Spend an appropriate amount of time preparing for tests. 

  • Exercise safety and common sense at all times. 

  • Have a mutual respect for fellow students and their right to an education

The hands-on nature of the course will require daily participation and effort. Daily attendance is very important.  Alternative assignments may be assigned as make-up work, however missing out on the work in class will sometimes result in missing key concepts.

Scheduling a tutoring session to make-up essential work may also be required. Assignments missed will be found online in our Google Classroom class. Since make-up work can vary, it is essential that the student check-in with me after an absence to ensure that the correct work is completed.  Students will have three days to complete make-up work from the day they return from their absence.

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