Introduction to Robotics
Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Welcome to the world of algorithms and thinking machines! This class will introduce the basics of Scratch programming and the world of Lego robotics. Challenges will include robo-battles and maze navigation with the goal of building algorithmic problem solving and an understanding of the criteria machines use to make their own decisions.
Robotics Team – First Lego League Robotics
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Join us in the First Lego League NYC Competition! Students will hone their robotics skills in the largest national robotics competition. Lego has recently updated their robotics coding to use Scratch or Python, giving a real boost to the tasks we can expect to accomplish with our robots. Click here for more information about NYC First. Click here for more information about this year’s Energize Challenge. This class will require at least one full Saturday for a qualifying match. Details will be provided when registration opens, usually in October or November. In the event that the team advances beyond the qualifier, further Saturdays will be scheduled. The competition also involves a detailed science project on the theme of energy (consumption, distribution, storage, etc.) outside of the robot game, so it is not too early to start brainstorming ideas!
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
This is an advanced class, targeted at students with prior experience in modeling and coding. Students will focus on the design and coding of their own autonomous drones. This work will be an extension of previous classwork on coding and flying a weather balloon, with the goal of high-elevation deployment of our drones. Launch days will be scheduled later in the semester, and testing will periodically be conducted in Central Park once the drones are fit to fly.