Lesson: Microprocessors

This lesson is COMMON to both NXT and EV3 versions of STEM Robotics 101. The goal of this lesson is to explore how a microprocessor's hardware and software work together to achieve amazing results. The lesson utilizes resources from Intel's "The Journey Inside: The Computer" series in conjunction with two hands-on labs.

Students will be able to:

1. Distinguish microprocessor hardware and software

2. Identify the three main parts of a microprocessor

3. Describe the function of the Fetch, Decode and Execute units on a microprocessor

4. Identify the role of software in a microprocessor

5. Explain why microprocessor software is very challenging

6. Distinguish between machine language and higher level programming languages

7. Write a program for a fictitious microprocessor

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