Design, build, and program robots that can interact with you, perform complex tasks, and respond to changes in the environment. We'll use the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3® robotics building set as well as the playful Sphero® SPRK.
Begin with engineering techniques as we build programmable EV3® robots using motors, sensors, gears, and other technical components. We'll use robotics software to create and run programs which control the robots on missions. Programming is easy with Mindstorms code blocks which link input devices, such as sensors, to outputs like motors and LED screens. We'll start with simple sequences and advance to more complex programs which use loops and conditional logic.
We'll also team up to solve real-world engineering challenges with the EV3® robots. Students work through missions patterned after First Lego League (FLL) competitions, learning to design for a purpose, test a variety of possible solutions, and work as a team to develop optimal engineering and programming solutions.
Students will also work with Sphero® SPRK, the robotic ball with lights and a gyroscope. With the use of Sphero's Lightning Lab app, students will program their Sphero SPRK to complete missions, make light and sound shows, obtain data from scientific activities, and play games. It's a chance to discover how real-world robotics works through playful projects.