Robotics Engineering

Program ● Robotics ● Grades PK-2

A robot is a device that is designed and programmed to perform a task either autonomously or with human input. Robots typically come in two forms: those resembling humans or role specific robots such as NASA space probes and Mars Rovers. Robots are generally used to perform either dangerous or monotonous tasks. The challenge facing robotics engineers is that the robot literally knows only what is written into the program. The design of the robot must also be capable of performing the task at hand. In this unit, kids will experience both the design and programming part of being a robotics engineer. Examples of tasks performed by robots:

  • Explore areas that humans cannot travel such as the ocean floor and deep space.
  • Assist in the safe disposal of explosives.
  • Analyze data provided by sensors and react to it appropriately.
  • Mimic the behavior of humans or animals.
  • Manufacturing parts or products.
  • Delicate surgeries.

Amazing Mechanisms

This class is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDo Robotics. Using LEGO® bricks, students build a dancing bird, a smart spinner, and a drumming monkey. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.

Giant Escape

Students use LEGO® WeDo™ to build and program a giant. Students may use the motion sensor to detect an approaching LEGO® person, then programming the giant to wake up.

Goal Kicker

Students use LEGO® WeDo™ to build and program a set of legs that kick. Students may also add the motion sensor to detect an approaching paper ball, and then programming the robot to kick. Or, they program the robot to generate sounds after the ball is kicked.

Smart Spinner

Students use LEGO® WeDo™ to build and program a top spinner.

Drumming Monkey

change the way the cams (grey, tear-shaped pieces) push on lever arms