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Robotics & Automation educational pathway:

Robotics, Engineering & Programming Curriculum

Robotics  1  (RDI 1)                                                                                                    1 semester, 1 credit        

Course #: 5610 C                                                                                                       Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Passed Algebra 1  with C+                                                                  Instructor: Mr. Kappes

In Robotics 1, students will build and autonomously program fully sensor-integrated VEX Clawbot robots.   Using C-based programming, robot behaviors will be optimized to perform a variety of tasks and challenges in the both the virtual and real-world environments. In addition, students will experiment with teleoperation

for real-time, human control of the robots.  Topics include:  basic robotic structure, computer fundamentals, programming, sensor integration and applications, robotics simulation, controls, and troubleshooting sequences and processes.

Activities Include: Robot Assembly and Configuration, Cortex and Controller Mapping, C-based Programming, Computer Simulations, Various Physical Robotic Challenges, and Sensor Applications Including: Limit Switches, Sonar, Line Trackers, Potentiometers, Encoders, and Photo Cells.   

Portage High School: 4-Year Robotics Pathway, Course Descriptions

PLTW:

Computer Science Principles

Intro to Engineering Design

Principles of Engineering

​Computer Integrated Mfg


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VEX Educational Robotics Curriuculum

Engineering Dept.

Business:​​

Computer Programming 1

Computer Programming 2


Business Dept.

Technology Dept.

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Advanced Robotics 1                                                                                                     2 semester, 2 credit Course #: 5612 AB                                                                                                            Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Robotics 1 & 2, and Instructor Approval                                                 Instructor: Mr. Kappes


In this year-long course, students will conduct an in-depth application of robotics principles and automation. Applying the Engineering Design Process, student teams will research, design, fabricate, test, and optimize task oriented robots in a project-based learning environment.  Topics cover robotic principles and theory, applications, design, structure, sensor and actuator interfacing, and C-based robot programming.  Students will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce robot models.  Teams will communicate project documentation and justify their robotic designs to a panel of engineers.  Members of this class form the core of the school’s award winning, competitive robotics team, the Porta-Botz!  After school practices, weekend competitions, fundraising participation, and the promotion of STEM and Robotics education in the community through mentorship opportunities are required.

Activities Include: Engineering Design Process and Documentation, Research and Brainstorming, CAD Drawings, Advanced Robot Design, Fabrication and Applications, Sensor Integration, Autonomous Programming, Driver Control, Engineering Presentations, and Compete in VEX Robotics Tournaments.

Robotics 2                                                                                                                  1st semester, 1 credit Course #:5610 C2                                                                                                           Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Robotics 1                                                                                             Instructor: Mr. Kappes

In Robotics 1, students will build and autonomously program fully sensor-integrated VEX Clawbot robots.   Using C-based programming, robot behaviors will be optimized to perform a variety of tasks and challenges in the both the virtual and real-world environments. In addition, students will experiment with teleoperation for real-time, human control of the robots.  Topics include:  basic robotic structure, computer fundamentals, programming, sensor integration and applications, robotics simulation, controls, and troubleshooting sequences and processes.

Activities Include: Robot Assembly and Configuration, Cortex and Controller Mapping, C-based Programming, Computer Simulations, Various Physical Robotic Challenges, and Sensor Applications Including: Limit Switches, Sonar, Line Trackers, Potentiometers, Encoders, and Photo Cells.  

Advanced Robotics 2                                                                                                     2 semester, 2 credit Course #: 5612 AB                                                                                                                   Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Robotics 1 & 2, Advanced Robotics 1                                                     Instructor: Mr. Kappes


In the capstone course for the Robotics pathway, students will continue on as a participating member of the award-winning robotics team The Porta-Botz! and all of its requirements.  Students will engage in active learning, critical thinking, and problem solving through advanced robotic procedures and processes. Students will learn to program industrial robots, as well as strategies for improving efficiency through automation. Students will study basic computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and will combine automation and CNC machining to perform common industrial tasks. In addition, students will also take field trips to local industry and apply knowledge to real world situations to create working solutions.

Activities Include: Engineering Design Process and Documentation, Research and Brainstorming, CAD Drawings, Advanced Robot Design, Fabrication, Sensor Integration, Autonomous Programming, CNC Programming, CNC Milling and Routing, Industrial Robotic Arm Applications, and Manufacturing Work Cell Development.