Exploring Robotics with Electronics: An introduction to Electronics with Boe-Bot
This robotics curriculum provides rigorous, comprehensive instruction in an EASY TO TEACH format!
An introduction to robotics and hands-on practice in building the Boe-Bot robot from Parallax. Recommended for Grades 8 and up.
The curriculum and robot package includes a combination of video presentations, 3D models, interactive labs, and hands-on labs along with simulation and lab software, quiz questions and lab activities. The presentations and simulated labs provide the fundamental concepts and vocabulary needed for students to gain a basic understanding of the mechanics, electronics, and engineering of robots. The Hands-on activities provide practice in building a robot while learning about electronics.
LEARN VISUALLY with 3D MODELS and VIDEO Instruction.
An introduction to robotics with practice in building a robot. Great for self-study, traditional class, or distance learning - High school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs, TAG programs, after school programs, robot merit badges (Learn more), and introductory college programs in electronics, mechatronics, or engineering.
3D models provide step by step instructions for Hands-on robot building activities.
Video presentations for quick comprehension of mechanics, electronics, and engineering concepts.
Simulation labs with software to control a variety of robots and ROVs.
·Flexible lesson plans with worksheets and quizzes.
Perpetual licenses for schools or individuals
Students can work alone or in teams. They are actively engaged in lab activities with this package. They assemble, program, and control the Boe-Bot robot from Parallax.com (one of the most popular educational robots in the world).
This curriculum is designed to stimulate interest in STEM careers, and technician and engineering educational opportunities that further technology careers. Read more about STEM standards met by Robotics. There are also many ways that the curriculum supports English Language Learners (ELL) (Read More).
It is excellent as an introductory course in a college program or as a high school course or after school program. Students safely gain hands-on experience in how robots are operated, controlled, and programmed. .
Using 3D simulators with physics modeling students will:
Control an underwater ROV similar to those used in oil exploration
Fly an ROV similar to the Predator used in the military
Control a ground ROV similar to the ones used to disarm explosives
Operate a 6 DOF material handling robot similar to those used in automotive manufacturing.
Program and control a hobby educational robot
Learn how to calculate the position of robot arms in 3D space along with other engineering, math, and science concepts
This curriculum makes it easy to teach a course at a high school, after school program, or an entry level college program by providing either lab licensed software at affordable prices or student purchased books with CDs (or optional printable Ebooks with Online downloads). A one-time purchase on all curriculum and robots - no yearly license fees! Very affordable ($10) replacement parts for robots.
Robotics Teacher Materials Include:
Exciting videos that cover technical topics in 20 to 30 minutes to play in class or assign to students in a lab
Sample syllabus and schedule (or lesson plan) for 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 week schedules
Quiz questions with answer guide for quizzes and activities
Digital lab activities with online submitting to instructor or mentor
Extensive online glossary of terms
Technical STEM career information with education requirements and salaries
An optional complete LMS system setup with student discussions and online quizzes is also available
Two Day Teacher training is available from Parallaxfor those who are new to electronics and robotics. For the Exploring Robotics curriculum, a two-hour webinar and online course are available to teachers, with optional technical support via remote control of your computer (may require your IT support to set up permission). We also offer online training for teachers - no travel.
All-Inclusive Robotics Curriculum Package
Everything needed for teaching the course is included in 3 components. These components may be used together for a comprehensive course, or used separately as a supplement to existing course materials.
Videos to accompany the Parallax Boe-Bot Activity Guide providing an overview of each chapter and step by step instructions on how to assemble the robot.
Code-Assist software to help students learn programming commands and avoid typing errors.
Compact videos providing background information on resistors, breadboards, schematics, input and output, and power flow.
Several Course Options Available
Labs, Classroom, Online or self-paced course options: Course can be set up as 1 module per week for 12 or 13 weeks (with the ability to stretch to 14 to 16 weeks), 2 modules per week for 8 to 12 weeks or 3 modules per week for 6 to 10 weeks (intensive). Other weeks in the course may be dedicated to exams or completion of hands-on activities for a typical high school or community college course.
Labs are coordinated with presentations but are independent and may be completed each week, after all presentations are viewed, or can be set up as a course of their own. To encourage completion, we recommend having set due dates for turning in labs and taking quizzes.
Educational Objectives or Outcomes: Presentations and Activities are designed to meet these overall educational objectives:
Enhancing mastery of robotics and engineering
Developing practical technology skills
Developing scientific reasoning
Understanding the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work
Understanding the nature of science
Cultivating interest in learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
Developing teamwork abilities
Reflection and application of knowledge to real world scenarios and techniques
Developing technical writing and multimedia documentation skills
Using Computer Aided Design software systems to manipulate 3D objects
Level:10th grade reading level, 9th grade math level (Algebra)
Appropriate for: High school, technical schools, after school programs, robot merit badges, job training, and college entry level course for Electronics, Engineering, Mechatronics, or Technology programs.
Prerequisites: High School Algebra, 10th Grade English literacy, (Trigonometry helpful but not required), computer use and technology literacy
Time to Complete:
24 presentations can be combined into 12 or 13 lessons. With a total of 13 hours of presentations, each lesson takes about an hour to complete.
20 Simulated lab activities can be combined into 10 to 13 lessons. Each activity takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete and answer the lab questions, for a total of about 10 hours of simulated labs.
8 Chapters from the Boe-Bot book provide up to 38 possible activities for Boe-Bot. Short videos accompany each chapter and take 5 to 15 minutes to view. Students can assemble the robot and complete the programming activities provided in about 12 to 15 hours of hands-on labs.
24 presentation quizzes (can be combined into fewer quizzes).
20 simulation lab activities – each with observation questions and optional video that can be turned in.
38 Boe-Bot lab activities in eight chapters – each with program code or video of robot that can be turned in.