Robotics Curriculum for High School

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 (one of the most popular educational robots in the world). 

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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.

Video Presentations and Lectures· (click for more details)
  1. 24 Video presentations with over 13 hours of exciting video as a supplement to lectures. Each presentation is only between 20 and 40 minutes in length to maintain student interest.
  2. Objectives and outlines are included in Student guide book for students to use to study for quizzes.
  3. Presentations are grouped by subject area to make it easy to correlate with other books or materials
  4. 10 to 20 Multiple choice and T/F questions for each presentation.
  5. Instructor guide provides information for syllabus, objectives, and answers to quizzes.

3D Simulated Robotic Activities (click for more details)
  1. 20 Simulation lab activities, each requiring 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
  2. 3D Simulation software with Physics modeling and robot models
  3. Simulation Activity Guide Book provides background information and instructions for completing the labs.
  4. Lab Manager software provides digital recording of labs with an online portfolio for sharing work with instructors
    Instructor guide provides objectives, anticipated answers to lab activities.
Boe-Bot Hands-On Assembly and Programming Activities (click for more details)
  1. 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.
  2. Code-Assist software to help students learn programming commands and avoid typing errors.
  3. 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.Picture2

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.

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.

Assessment tools:

  • 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.

Need funding for your robotics program?  Try these grant funding sources for Robotics.

Instructor Materials: (links to store)

Student Materials Required:new2
College students can  purchase either bundled materials or stand alone materials through their bookstore or at this website.


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by Grant Plowman, Linda Nichols-Plowman, and Joe Lively published by Interactive Media Publishing, 1st Edition, 2011



Copyright 2012, Exploring Robotics. Products produced by Interactive Media Publishing, 111 E. 1st St, PO Box 1407, Phoenix OR 97535 Phone: 541-535-5552

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