Motor Madness Challenge Checklist

Checklist to accompany Motor Madness Challenge

Customization Description: 

This course is intended to introduce the Java programming language to students using the EV3 (FLL), Tetrix (FTC) and RoboRio (FRC) robotics platforms. For EV3, the course moves the student away from block based robot programming to using a text based programming language. For Tetrix and RoboRio, the course will provide more instruction in Java itself, which is missing in existing materials. The course will teach a basic competency in Java with a focus on robotics applications. Robot construction will not be covered in any depth as it is assumed the student will have or acquire hardware building skills separately. The course is targeted to beginners and there are no prerequisites.

Get started using this course by clicking the first Unit and then the first Lesson. The Lesson content will be displayed and next/previous lesson buttons will appear at the bottom of each lesson making it easy to move between adjacent lessons.

Education Level: 
What is computer programming? Why do we do it? How does programming apply to robots? In this unit we will explore these questions and set the stage for the following units.
Explore what it means to program and why we do it.

Understand at a high level what programming is and what it means to "program".


When used in the context of computers, programming generally means the process of creating the instructions that a computer will follow in solving a particular problem or completing some task. The product of programming is a "program", which is a package of instructions that can be executed by a computer. A program typically directs the computer to accept input of some type and produce output of some type. Programs are at the heart of all computing and are what you are using when you play games, edit documents, make calls on your phone, interact with web sites or make robots move.

Here is the Wikipedia description of programming.

A video describing programming.


Going the distance with gears

Use this handout in conjuction with the lesson, Going the Distance with Gears.



ESR Introduction to the EV3 Robot

Basic: STEM Robotics 101 EV3