Thursdays 4:15 – 5:45 pm
Fridays 4:10 – 5:40 pm
Welcome to the world of thinking machines! This class will field a team in the international First Lego League. We will design robots using the Lego EV3 platform and program them to complete challenges posed in this year’s Into Orbit theme, centered around robotic solutions to human space exploration. Weekend competition dates will be announced later in the semester. This class will be a blended STEM class, and have a problem-solving math curriculum as well, with a focus on non-linear, multi-step word problems. First Lego League’s City Shaper challenge details for 2019 are available here.
Robotics III – Leaving Earth Behind
Session 1: Mondays 3:45 – 5:15 pm
Session 2: Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Robotics III marks Poly Ed’s first venture into the great beyond (really). This course will cover the science, hardware design, and code required to launch a small computer into earth’s stratosphere. Theoretically, our craft will rise high enough to observe the curvature of the earth itself! Atmospheric physics and the science of weather balloons will be our first line of inquiry. Wireless radio communication is a ubiquitous part of modern life and will allow our micro-satellite to stream telemetry from the edge of space to a laptop on the ground. We will focus on the Raspberry Pi platform and the Python coding language. It’s time for our robotic creations to space out!