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         This course will introduce the basic concepts in robotics including coordinate transformations,
sensors, and path planning with a focus on mobile robots and illustrations of current state of the art
research and applications. Course information will be linked to lab experiments where students will build
and test increasingly more complex VEX-based mobile robots. In addition, students will receive
instruction and lab experiences in robotic principles and areas of specialization, related occupations, and
postsecondary education within the STEM Career Cluster

               Introduction to VEX and Robotics
               Introduction to Autodesk Inventor
               Building A Protobot
               Microcontroller and Transmitter Overview
               Speed, Power, Torque, and DC Motors
               Gears, Chains, and Sprokets
               Advanced Gears
               Math Skills
               Science/Technology—abilities of technological design
               Friction and Traction
               Drivetrain Design 1
               Object Manipulation
               Rotating Joints
               Accumulator Design
               Career Pathways in the STEM Career Cluster


       Career Pathways within the STEM Cluster
       21st century skills
       Engineering design process
       Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 software applications
       Parts of the VEX Classroom Lab Kit
       Protobot manipulation and navigation
       Operation of a Microcontroller
       Arcade Style Drive Configuration
       Physical Concepts of speed, force, torque, power, acceleration
       Characteristics of DC Motors
       Calculate gear ratios
     Science/Technology—abilities of technological design
     Math skills


     21st century foundation skills and workplace competencies acquire the skills to
      investigate career pathways in STEM areas and make informed postsecondary/career
     Demonstrate the engineering design process and develop and maintain an engineering
     Use Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 software to assemble a Protobot frame and
      create an animated presentation and rendered image of the frame and wheel assembly
     Identify and use the different parts of the VEX Classroom Lab Kit to complete
      subassemblies in the creation of a Protobot
     Manipulate objects and navigate a course with a VEX Protobot
     Demonstrate ways to wire a robot using the default setup, relate the controls on the
      Transmitter to the Motor Ports on the Microcontroller, and use the Arcade Style Drive
     Activate Tank-Style Control (23 Mode) and Arcade-Style Control (Software 12 Mix)
     Drive a robot with Tank-Style Control (23 Mode) and a robot with Arcade-Style Control
      (Software 12 Mix)
     Demonstrate the physical concepts of speed, force, torque, power, acceleration, and
      characteristics of DC Motors
     Create and define characteristics of a shaft using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011
     Identify whether a gear reduction causes a speed reduction or a speed increase, and
      calculate gear ratios
     Create a spur gear and animate a gear assembly using Autodesk Inventor Professional
     See the relationship between gearing, speed, and power; and incorporate VEX gears into
      a design
     Modify the gearing of a VEX gearbox and understand the effect of gear ratios on speed
      and torque
     Identify rack gears, worm gears, worm wheels, and bevel gears and understand
      applications for differentials
     Assemble and drive rack and pinion gears in Autodesk Inventor Professional software
     Combine gears into a robot drivetrain and build a steerable VEX robot
     Determine the effect of a differential on a robot drivetrain
     Demonstrate positive work attitudes, productive use of time, and the ability to work
      independently and/or cooperatively
     Explain the difference between static and kinetic friction and list the factors that
      determine traction
     Create a VEX tire in Autodesk Inventor Professional
     Have a robot ready to compete in a “tractor pull” and be proficient in making simple
      modifications to VEX robots
    Take advantage of the principles of friction and traction to modify a robot to pull a
     greater amount of weight
    Application of Knowledge: Accumulator Design > Think Phase to design and build an
    Create and review a DWF file using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 software
    Collect, analyze, and organize information
    Identify and solve problems
    Manage or allocate time to complete various assignments
    Organize and process data into usable formats
    Acquire, analyze, and communicate information
    Conduct thoughtful research
    Effectively and safely use the resources, concepts and tools of technology


    Rubrics
    Student/Teacher Feedback
    Daily Applications
    Individual/Collaborative Applications
    Project-Based Learning Applications
    Demonstration of Skills
    Observations
    Student/Teacher Feedback


 Autodesk’s VEX Robotics Curriculum
 VEX Classroom Lab Kits
 Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 VEX Robotics Software

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