At St. Joseph School we have integrated robotics into the academic day for all students in grades K-8. In our newly renovated robotics lab, students are introduced to hands-on concepts which are necessary for understanding information-based technology of the future. This environment and curriculum allows students to develop robotics knowledge and skills. Furthermore robotics engages our 21-st century learners in complex, strategic problem-solving. Below you will find a general outline of the grade-specific integration which supports the curriculum and creates a dynamic learning environment.
- Kindergarten students will be introduced to programming via a DASH robot during the second semester
Grades 1-4: Utilizes Lego WeDo’s to Build Robots
- The students use a graphical programming environment
- Output can control multiple motors
- Input includes motion sensor, tilt sensor and sound sensor
Grades 4-5: NXT Intelligent Bricks are Used
- NXT is a brick shaped computer that students learn to design & build robots
Grades 6-8: EV3 Intelligent Bricks are Used
- EV3 is the latest generation of a programmable brick (computer)
First Tech Challenge (FTC) Program (Grades 7 and 8)
Our Junior High students (Grades 7 and 8) have the opportunity to participate in our First Tech Challenge (FTC) program. In this program students design, build and program robots. These robots are controlled by smartphones which the students program independently.
- Students learn to use various sensors with the robots:
- Ultrasonic (proximity)
- FLL ~ 2 teams composed of students in grades 5 & 6
- FTC ~ composed of students in grades 7 & 8