Robotics introduces students to the knowledge, concepts and skills that are necessary
to understanding the intelligent information-based technology of the future. Robotics
activities engage teams of students in hands-on strategic problem solving that integrate
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM):
• Applied Mathematics
• Computer Programming
• Engineering Process
The University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty have partnered with Red Stick Robotics to develop the curriculum and provide the professional development and technology for six robotics-based modules in 9th grade Physical Science and 10th grade Geometry classes.
Each one-week module is tied to a specific mathematics or science concept that aligns with standards and is assessed by end-of-course assessments and/or state-mandated tests:
1) Similarity: (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-SRT.A.3) Using the properties of similarity transformations students find a similar angle to position a robot arm in different ways to knock a game object off a pedestal.
2) Right Triangles: (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-SRT.C.7) Students calculate the angle of the arm needed to touch the top of the game object (sine and cosine).
3) Area: (CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-C.A.1) Students use the robot to calculate the circumference of a series of circles (using a shaft encoder and reading its distance) and prove the theorem using the robot's shaft encoder.
4) Motion: (NGSS.HS-PS2-3) Students demonstrate Newton's 1st Law by driving the robot into a wall or net force that will stop it, and designing protective shields to minimize the force during a collision.
5) Velocity and Momentum: (NGSS.HS-PS2-2) Students calculate velocity at a single power level and measure the momentum of the robot before and after hitting an object.
6) Acceleration: (NGSS.HS-PS2-1) Students calculate velocity at different power levels, and relate power levels to newtons and predict the acceleration of the robot.
The modules may work together as a multi-week unit (e.g., Modules 4-6 as a three-week unit on Newton's Three Laws of Motion) or serve as a one-week capstone experience for units related to individual concepts (e.g., Module 2 as the culmination of a unit on Triangle Trigonometry).
Sites can reserve a classroom kit with Robotics hardware and materials for 25 students to work in teams of two with their own VEX robot. Kits will be delivered to your site the week prior to implementation and picked up after completion.
Participating Math and Science teachers will receive 15 hours of paid professional development prior to Fall 2014 implementation in the classroom (2-day workshop, with online follow up) and on-demand support during implementation. Support will be provided in two ways:
1) An existing network of teacher leader STEM Coaches will support implementation in the classroom.
2) Red Stick Robotics will work directly with teachers via class observations and workshops at ULM