Advanced Robotics course expectations

Overview

This year-long course continues on where Robotics I ended.  Students will deepen their knowledge of design concepts, programming, and learning student driven methods for enabling robot movement. 

Students will be building robots around the “Tower Takeover” theme for the 2019-2020 VEX Competitions.  This focused perspective will enable the students to take on the role of various types of engineers.  

Goals

  • To apply terminology related to basic robotics concepts.

  • To apply the principles of robotics.

  • To evaluate Newton’s Laws of Motion when designing a solution to a problem.

  • To demonstrate knowledge of robotics through the design and creation of models.

  • To evaluate different design models and architectures of robots.

  • To investigate how modern communication devices use digitized signals as a more reliable way to encode and transmit information.

  • To integrate technology when measuring, exploring, modeling, and using computational capacity in scientific investigations.

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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Attendance

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.

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.

Expectations

  • 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