Project 1: Roboteering

General Information
Project Overview
Time Frame
Curriculum Connections
Relationship To School Curriculum
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Albert Carroll
acarroll@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Designed by Albert Carroll, this curriculum proposal will attempt to involve a group of six grade seven-nine students in developing a peer relationship via the Internet with first year engineering students with the purpose of establishing a pool of Internet resources suitable for the Newfoundland and making. These students will establish a school home page and a major part of that will be devoted to linking robotics, robotics interfacing and stimulating interactions between and among junior high school students in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  Project Overview

A project such as this already exist between students at the University of Saskatchewan and High School Students. In the absence of a well developed program in computer interfacing and robotics in this Province, I believe we can stimulate a lot of interest in computer controlled devices, interfacing and programming. During the previous three years or so, I have taught a mechanical robotics course to grade seven students. They constructed a robotic arm from wood strips and powered it with syringes and tubing with air or water; pneumatics or hydraulics. I was impressed by the interest. Last year I did a module of study in Microsoft Visual Basic with grade seven students, I am looking for a way to carry this into a much better program with interfacing and creativity. I personally do not have the expertise, or access to the expertise to carry this further at this point. In order to do so I must have access to the Internet during class time with students doing much of the leg work. I have a module in grade eight using a Robix-RCS6 robot interfaced with a computer and students use a piece of software to manipulate the different forms of robot constructed sturdy parts. However, I want to students to take this a step further, and use a compiler to compile their own program to run this robot or a construction of their own. There is a large core of students in the school who are very interested in robotics. It is my belief they can be as good at robotics engineering as any students in the world.

  Time Frame

The school has already began the development of its home page and if we are successful, we will begin the second phase of making connections with first year engineering students in January. By the end of this current year, we should have a robotics interactions program in place for succeeding years.

  Curriculum Connections

This program has very strong connections to the newly developed intermediate technology education essential graduation learnings:

  • Writing modes of communications and language, to learn and to think and to communicate effectively develop mathematical and scientific concepts
  • Use a variety of technologies: computer, logic and programming, communications, interfacing, and robotics
  • Demonstrate technological applications, and critically analyze their appropriateness
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technological applications
  • Assess social, cultural and economic interdependence of society
  • Use strategies and processes needed to solve a number of problems requiring use of language, communications, mathematical and scientific concepts
  Relationship To School Curriculum

It expands and enhances the present technology explorations modules that we have set up using a grant from Human Resources Development.

Two students working together, at 9 different modules in one room. One of those modules uses a small piece of software to control a mechanical robot. To further develop this I want to have students learn to compile their own program and manipulate their individually built devices, whether that is a model oil rig or a two axis wooden arm. This of course has implications for science. I don't believe this can be done in science classes because it responds to more individual interest.

  Evaluation

Students will:

  • Develop web pages using html Editor and Netscape.
  • Use computer communications to email peers and associates.
  • Use ftp to access and download ideas and project ideas.
  • Create a link of valuable resources and connections related to robotics interfacing.
  • Use their creativity to design, program and interface devices with on-line expert help.
  • Use their interest and motivation to create a school learning environment with life long learning, skills for the twenty-first century.
  • Examine ways to design and develop programmable devices.
  • Will use logic and programming language.
  • Write and read technical information.
  • Learn about control technology and control devices.

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