Robotics Club

Amazing Program for our Minecraft and Robotics enthusiast!  For Grades 2-3 and 4-6.  Fall 2018.

Courses include Minecraft Programming and LEGO NXT MINDSTORMS and EV3  ROBOTS.

Highlights of our exciting Robotics Club:

  • Longer classes: Each class will last 1.5 hours to allow more complicated builds.
  • Smaller Classes: Limited to 10 students.

Robotics Club Grades 4-6 or Ages 10-14

Depending upon the school where the program is offered,  your class may contain one or both of the following programs.

Learn Programming With MineCraft and ComputerCraft!

In this class, students will learn programming skills using ComputerCraft in which you can add little robots and computers to the world of MineCraft.  These can be programmed using the LUA scripting language. Students will learn about variables, functions, conditional statements, loops, and more, as well as improving their typing skills in a fun, familiar environment where the results of their work are immediately visible and very rewarding.  Students will conceptualize, write, and debug their very own program using new skills that remain useful outside of the MineCraft environment. The LUA language is a fully featured and freely available programming language that can be used to write applications and games, and is a perfect springboard for learning more complex languages like Java, C++, and others.  Please view our Parent Letter.

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3

For our older students, we offer 3 Robots for Fall session!  LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3’s will be offered so that students have a great time building and programming robots!  Using the Droidbot, students will program and add to the bot according to each challenge round. Challenges will test time, rotations, and degrees. Students will learn the difference between spin and pivot and learn to read port views to name a few.   Your student will gain serious, in depth smarts on how to shorten challenge times successfully in this session. At least 8-12 robot modifications and challenges should be completed! Class will also be offered in a way that preps any student who would like to pursue First Lego League.

Robotics Club Ages 8 and Up

Depending upon the school. your program may contain one or both of the following programs.

Minecrafting Circuits and Cities

We will introduce Redstone in Minecraft.  Redstone can be used to:
Make simple circuits, such as automatic doors and light switches.
Construct complex devices such as:

 

  • Trap Doors
  • Roller coasters
  • Automatic farms

Students will learn about switches, the binary numeral system, the difference between series and parallel circuits, make upstairs/downstairs circuits and more, all while using problem solving skills and group cooperation.
On the last day, students will use their new knowledge of binary and logic gates to create their own basic but functional calculators in Minecraft!
Students will also direct their enthusiasm for playing Minecraft into learning about and practicing city planning!
We will work as a community to choose the land we develop, build homes, streets, lamps and find/create stable sources of food and income.
Students will learn about trading, civil responsibility and duties, agricultural planning and architecture while playing their favorite game with children who share the same passion.

For longer programs we will also introduce creating our own stop motion videos using minecraft figures.

LEGO ® MINDSTORMS® NXT Robotics:

Robotics clubs this session will get even more Robot building! LEGO MINDSTORMS  NXT’s  will be offered so that students have a great time building and programming just for the love of it!  Your student will be asked to complete a short build specific to a challenge. Each challenge can be completed within a certain time frame allowing at least 2 challenges per session.  Modifications to the robots will be quick and easy using the Express bot. Depending on time constraints, students will modify the Express bot and complete 8-12 challenges. Your student will come away from this session with an in depth knowledge of how to simplify a program using the information on the brick to adjust the robot, eliminating much of the trial and error normally experienced with basic programming. Class will also be offered in a way that preps any student who would like to pursue First Lego League.