Instructional Material: Beginning Robotics Class Syllabus - Mr. Leong

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Introduction to Robotics

Instructor: Brent Leong

Academy: Business and Technology

Contact Information:

Telephone - 503-785-8900

E Mail - brent_leong@orecity.k12.or.us

Web Page: http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/classlink/leong/leong.html

 

Important Course Information

 

All activities in this course will be done in teams of 2, which will be determined by the instructor. Parents and or students who feel that they do not want to work in groups, be graded as a group or be responsible for their robotics kit as a group SHOULD CONSIDER DROPPING THIS COURSE! Group activities are required as this is typical in this type of industry and also due to the limited equipment available. Students NOT wanting to work in a groups will be asked to drop the course.

 

Course Information

 

This is a beginning course in robotics. We will be utilizing Lego Mindstorm kits, Robolab software and various Lego Robotics materials. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. This course will involve students in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems. Student designed robots will be programmed to compete in various courses as developed by First Lego League.

 

We hope that this class will provide motivation for students to continue in computer science and engineering courses.

 

Course Objectives

 

Students will learn, understand and know the following -

 

How to collaborate in groups and teams

How to design robots for specific activities and scenarios

How to use Robolab programming software

Gears, pulleys, torque, friction, timing, sensors, and program loops

To design, develop and complete robotic activities and challenges

 

Course Expectations of each Student

 

Robotics is a very hands-on course of learning and the following are expected from each student:

 

  1. Attend class daily with minimal absences

  2. Come to class with pencils, eraser, and notepaper.

  3. Participate and discuss with the class engineering activities related to LEGO ROBOTICS

  4. READ current articles and technology journals concerning robotics.

  5. Complete robotics assembly and programming in class.

  6. Complete robotics challenges in class.

  7. Work cooperatively with your partner and others with minimal distractions and side discussions.

  8. Turn in ALL WORK ON TIME and completed. Incomplete work is not accepted.

  9. Keep a daily log of your robotics progress.

  10. Be responsible with computers, robotic gear and challenge boards.

  11. Students who are absent and students who may take longer to build and program activities will be required to attend after school robotics labs to stay current with the course.

  12. After school robotics lab may be needed to stay current for slower teams and students who need to leave class early for any sporting event or other school function.

 

Course Fees

 

Each students will be charged a course fee of $15.00. This fee is used to cove the cost of batteries for the robots, LEGO parts (small parts) that get lost and for competition supplies. This fee DOES NOT cover LEGO parts that are broken by students, major parts that typically don’t get lost and intentional damage of LEGO kits.

 

Student /teacher Expectations

 

This course is designed for the beginning to intermediate level computer user who has some experience using the computer. Students will work in-groups and teams to complete various course assignments and projects (challenges). Students will be expected to self-motivated and stay on task with all lectures, web based instruction and activities. Students and parents will be expected to refer to my web page http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/classlink/leong/leong.htm to check on assignments and current grade information.

 

Student Data Storage

 

Each student will be given disks and space on the school server to store their robotic programs and activities. Students are responsible for backing up all of their work and maintaining their data. No excuses will be accepted for losing work, since multiple ways are offered to back-up and save student work.

 

Deadlines

 

Deadlines are exactly what they mean! All work is due when asked for with limited exceptions. Enough time is given for students to complete their work and projects in class with some homework as needed. Students should not PROCRASTINATE work deadlines for this class. This policy is followed strictly with limited exceptions as determined by the teacher. Many of the activities are scheduled for certain days and students missing a class period may not be able to make-up a activity.

 

Classroom Policies

 

Students are expected to follow all Oregon City High school policies as outlined in the 2005 – 2006 Student handbook. Students will be expected to follow all computer rules including having signed an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Internet access.

 

Computer Hardware and Software

 

All students will be expected to take care of and respect all school computer hardware and software while in their use. Students will have access to IBM computers, Robolab software and Lego Mindstorm Lego kits. Damages to any computer equipment by a student will be charged to the student. Students also understand that all software used for this course are the property of Oregon City School District and students are not allowed to make copies, share or change programs in any way.

 

LEGO Mindstorm Kits

 

Each Lego Mindstorm kit will be inventoried by each group before and after each trimester. You as the student are responsible for all of the Lego pieces, parts, batteries, booklets and any other materials that are needed to complete your kit. Any pieces lost or missing from your kit will be charged to you as the student. Please be very careful of your Lego kits as they are expensive and can be costly to replace missing pieces.

 

Business Dept. – Computer Code of Ethics

 

All students taking a business course at Oregon City High School are required to sign a computer code of ethics. The policy states that students will treat the equipment and software with respect, will not use or install unlicensed software, will not share student files or passwords. Students are also warned against cheating in any form. For further information concerning this policy please refer to the business dept. computer code of ethics.

 

 

Grading

 

Students will be graded on the following:

 

Daily Lab Grade 20% Weekly Journal 15%

Projects 30% Quizzes/ tests 25%

Inventory 10%

 

Each activity is assigned points and accumulates toward a point total. The grade is calculated as follows from the total points:

 

100% - 90% A 69% - 60% D

89% - 80% B 59% - Lower F

79% - 70% C

 

Classwork and Homework

 

Most work is completed in class since we will be using computers, but some assignments will involve homework that includes reading. Deadlines are given for all assignments and homework; students should be aware of these and keep current with all work. Late work is not accepted unless you have a school field trip, excused absence or it has been arranged with the teacher prior to deadline.

 

Attendance Policies

 

Students and parents are advised to be aware of the attendance policies that are found in the Oregon City High school policies as outlined in the 2005 – 2006 Student handbook. Students that are absent MUST bring a note to the teacher within 2 class periods of being absent to be excused so that they may receive credit for work they missed. Students having NO NOTE will not receive credit for the day(s) absence(s). Students tardy to class (first 10 minutes) will be marked tardy. After three tardies the student will receive a Tuesday school or other disciplinary action. Students tardy after 10 class minutes will be marked absent for the day.

 

Student Responsibilities

 

1. Students are expected to be in their assigned seat with paper, pencil and other needed materials BEFORE the tardy bell rings.

2. Come to class prepared. Students who go to lockers or the restroom during the class period risk losing class credit for the day.

3. Students are expected to stay in their seat till the bell rings. Standing by the classroom door is not allowed!

4. Students are responsible for their computer equipment. Any problems – notify your teacher.

  1. Students have assigned seats in this course.

  2. Adhere to the Business dept. computer code of ethics

 

Classroom Rules

 

1. Students are expected to pay attention and stay on task while in class.

2. Respect the computers, textbooks and classroom materials.

3. Respect your peers and others property.

4. Students are to stay in the programs taught in class and are not allowed to “SURF the Net.”

  1. Food stuffs are NOT ALLOWED in the computer rooms!

  2. Cheating or sharing your work with other students, who do not do their own work will be considered a violation of the Business dept. computer code of ethics and will receive disciplinary action and possible failure from the course.

 

 

Consequences/Discipline

 

All school policies are followed in this classroom and enforced with the guidelines in the Oregon City 2005 – 2006 Student handbook.

 

 

Important Course Information

 

All activities in this course will be done in teams of 2, which will be determined by the instructor. Parents and or students who feel that they do not want to work in groups, be graded as a group or be responsible for their robotics kit as a group SHOULD CONSIDER DROPPING THIS COURSE! Group activities are required as this is typical in this type of industry and also due to the limited equipment available. Students NOT wanting to work in a groups will be asked to drop the course.

 

Students and Parents –

 

Please keep the first two pages of this syllabus

for your information and reference

 

 

TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT

 

Please take this classroom policy sheet home and share it with your parents/guardians. After they have read it, PLEASE have your parents complete the following PARENT ASSIGNMENT within the next 48 hours.

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN – Please go to my web site at http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/classlink/leong/leong.html

And complete the parent assignment. By completing this assignment you the parent/guardian will receive a weekly email grade report from me. Parents last year felt that this was an excellent way to communicate about how their student was doing in my course. Please take the time to complete the parent assignment, it is worth your time and your investment in your son or daughter in my course.

 

If access to the Internet for this assignment is not possible, please complete the lower portion of this and return it with your son or daughter. I am always happy to print off grade reports and send them home with your student.

 

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Student's Name___________________________________________________(please print)

 

Home Phone__________________________ Work Phone (Father)________________

 

E-Mail Address? ___________________________ Work Phone (Mother) ________________

 

Parent Signature___________________________ Date __________________

 

 

 

Return this page ONLY if you are not able to do the

Internet parent assignment.

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