FIRST Tech Challenge and Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving: Projects

Projects

Project 1:

Description:

This project focuses on teaching science as it relates to the robot and the scenario, specifically, regarding forces, mechanical work and energy. The project also introduces students to basic programming using the Coderz Blocks visual programming language.

Scenario: The students are part of a team of scientists tasked with building and programming a rover for planetary exploration.

This project is aligned with the NGSS standards in Forces and Interactions; Energy and Engineering Design; Science & Engineering Practices. This project is aligned with CSTA standards of Computer Science in the Modern World; Computer Science Concepts and Practice. This project is aligned with Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice; and English Language Arts and Literacy. This project is also aligned with 21st Century Skills.

Project 2:

Description:

This project focuses on Computer Science using Java. Programs are run in simulation and on the physical robot.

Scenario: A large warehouse in Maryland contains aisles with pallets that hold boxes on them. The students must program a forklift robot to autonomously pick up pallets from specific locations and place them in the required locations.

This project is aligned with the NGSS standards in Energy and Engineering Design; Science & Engineering Practices. This project is aligned with CSTA standards of Computer Science in the Modern World; Computer Science Concepts and Practice. This project is aligned with Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice; and English Language Arts and Literacy. This project is also aligned with 21st Century Skills.

Project 3:

Description:

This project guides the students through the engineering design process

Scenario: The students must build and program a floor cleaning robot.

This project is aligned with the NGSS standards in Energy and Engineering Design; Science & Engineering Practices. This project is aligned with CSTA standards of Computer Science in the Modern World; Computer Science Concepts and Practice. This project is aligned with Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice; and English Language Arts and Literacy. This project is also aligned with 21st Century Skills.

Project 4:

Description

Students choose and solve a final project themselves, following the process that they completed in Project 3. Students will need to draw on the knowledge and experience that they gained in the previous projects in order to solve the problem.

This project is aligned with the NGSS standards in Energy and Engineering Design; Science & Engineering Practices. This project is aligned with CSTA standards of Computer Science in the Modern World; Computer Science Concepts and Practice. This project is aligned with Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice; and English Language Arts and Literacy. This project is also aligned with 21st Century Skills.

The course is divided into 30 units, for which each unit is designed to take 4 hours for the students to complete. Each unit should be completed in the lesson order as presented on the course page.

 

Required Materials

A laptop with internet access, including:

  • Access to Coderz, YouTube and TED Talks
  • Access to Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

Kit of Parts: TETRIX Kit of Parts

  • Teams of three students will be on one student kit, which include required tools and sensors.
  • Teacher kit will be an expanded version of the student kit with more sensors and materials.
  • Storage for kit of parts will be the responsibility of the teacher in the classroom. At the end of each lesson, parts should be stored away appropriately.

Programming Interface: Coderz

  • The students will write programs using Coderz using the Block Interface and Java. Students will the run programs in the simulator and also on the physical robot.

Engineering notebook:

  • Students will take notes, add screenshots of programs, photos of their design and other useful engineering elements as instructed through the course. Students will be able to take their engineering notebook after the course is complete.

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