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  1. Hello all, Ds 11 is in interested in electronics/robotics. He did all of the free lessons on the EEME site, saved up money to purchase Q the robot with all of the add on components and has put Q together and programmed him. He's still interested in learning more, but I don't know where to go from here. I don't know about robotics. Anyone have any brilliant ideas? I would love a push in the right direction. Thanks! Debbie
  2. Hello Hive! This is my first year homeschooling and I have read some wonderful advice and links to lesson plans on here. I joined a great coop and I volunteered to teach a class next semester to middle schoolers. The kids want to eventually build and program robots. We don't have the money for Lego Mindstorm robots for the entire class and I think they should learn how the pieces of a robot work before they just take something out of a box and run with it. So I am calling the class Engineering ;) I thought I would share my schedule and ideas and see if anyone has some input. The spine is based on the Junk Drawer Robotics (JDR) curriculum from 4-H, with some reading and activities from Robotics: Discover the Science and Engineering of the Future (RS&T). The Junk Drawer Robotics curriculum has 3 levels, with it getting progressively harder each level. We will do the first level this spring and do levels 2 and 3 next year. Level 1 covers robotic hands arms and grippers, pneumatic systems, 3-D space and arm design. Level 2 covers legs, wheels, underwater robots, friction, basic electrical power, motors, gear systems, engineering constraints and buoyancy. Level 1 Session 1: JDR Activity A: Think like a scientist (20m) Identify and sort materials based on selected attributes and record data into charts and graphs. JDR Activity B: Communicate like an engineer (20m) Describe an object by drawing and writing a description of it. JDR Activity C: Build like a technician (20m) Learn about the engineering design process and complete a building challenge. Homework: Read Robotics S&T Intro: World of Robotics Session2: JDR Activity D: Marshmallow catapult design (20m) Plan and design a swinging arm trebuchet-style catapult to launch marshmallows. JDR Activity E: Marshmallow catapult build (30m) Implement design from Activity D. Homework: Read Robotics S&T Chapter 1: Development of Robotics Session 3: JDR Activity F: Sense of balance (50m) Torque, experiment with balancing unequal weights on a beam and moving pivot points. Homework: Read Robotics S&T Chapter 2: Robot Bodies Session 4: JDR Activity G: ABC….XYZ (20m) 3-D space and Cartesian coordinates Homework: Read Robotics S&T Chapter 4: Effectors Session 5: JDR Activity H: Arm in arm design (20m) Design a robotic arm that uses levers to pick up and move a weight. JDR Activity I: Arm in arm build (40m) Build arm, using plans from Activity H. Session 6: JDR Activity J: Pumped up (30m) Explore the moving of objects with balloons, plastic bottles and syringes. Jack it Up! Lift a Load Using Hydraulics, sciencebuddies.org Session 7: JDR Activity K: Just add air design (20m) Design a pneumatic power source to move arm built in Activity I. JDR Activity L: Just add air build (40m) Implement design from Activity K. Session 8: Mechanical Hand out of Fast Food Straws http://www.instructables.com/id/Mechanical-Hand-using-only-fast-food-straws-Stra/ Session 9: JDR Activity M: Chopsticks (15m) Use chopsticks and straws to explore gripping an object using leverage and pressure. JDR Activity N: Just a pinch (20m) Explore various types of end effectors that lift, hold, cut or squeeze objects. Robotics S&T: BYO Soft Robotic Gripper Session 10: JDR Activity O: Hold on (20m) Experiment with grippers to select the best one to lift an object. JDR Activity P: One for the gripper design (20m) Design a gripper that will attach to previously built arm and grip a light object. Session 11: JDR Activity Q: One for the gripper build (50m) Build gripper designed in Activity P Session 12: JDR Activity R: Twist of the wrist design (20m) Design a way to attach the gripper to the arm JDR Activity S: Twist of the wrist build (30m) Implement the design in Activity R
  3. Anyone here have kids who do First Tech Challenge? BabyBaby just joined a team this year. She loves it... and I'm just wondering who else has BT/DT.
  4. I am a bit out of my element on this one, and am hoping one of you wiser homeschooling parents can help me out. My DS7 would love, love, love to build robots. Unfortunately, I have no idea of even where to start. He eventually wants to make the battle robots, but understands that there is a long road between where he's at and cage fighting robots (note moderate maternal annoyance that this is what fascinates him, but at least he's decided to be interesting in something ). In any case, where do we start? Seven years old strikes me as at the young end of trying to do robotics, but he's motivated and can learn an amazing amount when actually motivated. We do have a Snap Circuits set that we are working through. Are there kits for robotics as well? I've heard of Lego Robotics, but my son isn't a huge fan of Legos. What skills are used to make basic robots? What things should we focus on in our schooling to move him toward this goal? Math, of course, but what science? We were slated to do earth science next year, but we can supplement pretty easily, or even move things around. Are there any "robot kits" that we could start with to make things seem more exciting? I have no clue what robotics is, really. If there is a book / website you could recommend, I'd sincerely appreciate it.
  5. Saw this posted on design squad facebook page. Link to courses. http://cs2n.org/activities/cs2n-learn/ Link to homepage http://cs2n.org/
  6. This is a cross-post from K-8 Curriculum board. Anyone with experience with this program, please share! http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/450011-4h-robotics-curriculumany-experience-with-it/page__gopid__4716059?do=findComment&comment=4716059
  7. There have been several posts lately about resources for kids interested in engineering. My own ds12 is one of those kids and I've been putting together an introduction to engineering course for him for next year. I've been really excited to find a ton of resources that I'd like to share. We're going with these: Robotics Curriculum http://robomatter.com/Shop-By-Product-Type/Curriculum/Middle-School/NXT/Robotics-Engineering-Vol.-1-Introduction-To-Mobile-Robotics-Home-School-Edition'>http://robomatter.com/Shop-By-Product-Type/Curriculum/Middle-School/NXT/Robotics-Engineering-Vol.-1-Introduction-To-Mobile-Robotics-Home-School-Edition'>http://robomatter.com/Shop-By-Product-Type/Curriculum/Middle-School/NXT/Robotics-Engineering-Vol.-1-Introduction-To-Mobile-Robotics-Home-School-Edition'>http://robomatter.com/Shop-By-Product-Type/Curriculum/Middle-School/NXT/Robotics-Engineering-Vol.-1-Introduction-To-Mobile-Robotics-Home-School-Edition Types of Engineering http://www.amazon.com/Janice-VanCleaves-Engineering-Every-Kid/dp/0471471828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303482010&sr=8-1 Engineering Curriculum http://educate.intel.com/en/DesignDiscovery/Curriculum/ and http://www.iteea.org/EbD/HE/he.htm Other Resources Below are other sites I've found that look good. I haven't fully explored them but I bookmarked them for later review Engineering is Elementary is for younger kids and uses story books http://www.mos.org/eie/ Engineering Education Center http://www.engineeringedu.com/ Engineering by Design has stuff for all levels http://www.iteea.org/EbD/ebd.htm JunkBoxWars looks fun http://sciencespot.net/Pages/junkbox.html Rainbow Resource has some books http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1303481318-1735471&subject=10&category=6821 Robotics for all ages http://spark.irobot.com/educational_resources/ More robotice education http://robomatter.com/ Computer lessons http://www.technokids.com/ These sites are fun to explore http://www.discoverengineering.org/'>http://www.discoverengineering.org/'>http://www.discoverengineering.org/'>http://www.discoverengineering.org/ http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/theengineeringplace/index.php http://www.discoverengineering.org/ http://www.stem-works.com/ http://kidsahead.com/
  8. I've been thinking about passion lately. I haven't really felt that my daughter is passionate about anything. She likes some people and some things *a lot* but nothing I'd really call passionate. So I asked her. Me: what are you passionate about? Her: (narrows eyes, looks askance) passionate??? Me: what do you like to do more than anything else? Her: (narrower, askancer) more than anything? Me: Yes, you like swimming but not more than anything else in the world. You like violin but not more than anything else in the world. What's your favorite thing? Her: well, in school I love love logic and math. logic then math but they're very close. Me: but it doesn't have to be school. It can be anything at all. Her: . . . thinking . . . it'll sound dumb. Me: of course it won't. Her: it's something you NEVER let me do. EVER. Me: (narrows eyes, looks askance) Her: I just want to take things apart, put them back together, and see if I can make them work. Me: More than anything? Her: More than anything BUT . . . you never let me see if they work again. Me: but you've got your legos, NXT, and other stuff. Her: legos don't count and NXT has to work b/c i follow the instructions and tell it to. So, what do you do for a kiddo like that?
  9. My dd (12 yo) is very interested in robotics (built one kit she bought at a garage sale in one day!) and loves computers. What do you reccomend as a good starting place/curriculum/kit for her? I've heard of Mindstorms from Lego - but one reviewer said it's not a beginner kit and the programming is difficult to figure out. Please help me - they are all so expensive and I don't want to buy one that we can't figure out! Thanks, Rondi
  10. I have been busy working putting together pages for our high school plans that many people ask me about all the time. Here are the links...hope they are helpful. Remember I homeschool using both the classical model and Charlotte Mason methods for homeschooling so I tend to go with a more "living books" approach to courses. Chemistry for High Schoolers Astronomy for High Schoolers Notebooking in High School Videography for High School Robotics for High School Charlotte Mason for High School including this one in case you are interested in seeing how I pull her ideas into our homeschool
  11. In the regular Lego catalog, there is a basic NXT set that sells for $279 and comes with software and sixteen projects and four robot plans. In the Lego Education catalog there's this kit that looks the same and is the same price, plus, there's a "Software Sold Separately" note with a link to this. Is the software just more tutorials and projects? Are these kits the same? Should I add the software for my almost ten-year-old? Or do I want the homeschool kit? And is that not just the software plus the base kit?
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