Holy Trinity High School
Grade level(s) or classroom focus:
11-12, Advanced Computers
What are the main learning objectives in your course(s)?
This is a semester long course that meets 3 times per week for 47 minutes, and once per week for 90 minutes. We use the following textbooks by Andy Lindsay: Robotics with the Boe-Bot, Applied Robotics with the SumoBot, and the SumoBot manual, Robotic Joy.
Students are placed into teams of 3. Teams are given specific objectives with rewards for the first team to successfully complete each objective.
Students learn programming concepts from the Robotics with the Boe-Bot and Applied Robotics with the SumoBot texts. They prepare each of their robots to enter into a National SumoBot Competition in Ohio.
Describe the experience for you and your students.
Students are engaged from day one as they set out to build their SumoBots. Students enjoy working in teams and competing against each other to accomplish tasks.
Students compete in the National Robotics Challenge (www.nationalroboticschallenge.org).
Which Parallax items do you use in your course?
SumoBot Robot Kit
QTI, and IR sensors
What is your favorite Parallax product and why?
The SumoBot is our favorite Parallax product. The SumoBot allows for all of the learning of the BoeBot platform, but is rugged and sturdy enough to give students a "cool" look that they are proud to brag about to their friends.
Any tips for other teachers?
- Jump right in from day one!
- Give students specific objectives for both building and programming the robot
- Have students name their teams and robots
- Tell the world about what you are doing through Youtube, blogs, and any social media
- Have students test their skills through a national or local competition