Our essential question for this unit is "how can robots help me gain power over my environment and my future?" I think this is a reasonable question for you to ask, since robotic systems are becoming so common. We are seeing them pop up in so many industries. In fact, people far smarter than me are saying that there is an excellent chance that students today will need to interact with robots as co-workers, regardless of the industry they choose. We have spoken in class about the likelihood that you will need to communicate with a computer system far more often than you will with a human. Many of those computer systems will be robots.
Thus, knowing how they function gives you power to control them and confidence to interact with them. Furthermore, programming systems may very well be the most important language you will need to know in your careers.
For this unit we are using the awesome VEX EDR robot systems. You could study these robots for 2 or 3 years and not run out of things to build and program. You can build entire clutch and transmission systems with these. In grade 11, you will learn how to use these for competition, so that you can actually enter the VEX International robot competitions in grade 12.
This is going to be amazing.
Major Learning Goals:
Conceptual (what do you need to learn?):
For most of you, this is the second course in the engineeringCentral program, while for some it is the first. Altogether, the grade 10, 11, and 12 courses will prepare you to study Engineering (especially Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechatronics) and Computer Science at the university and college levels. It will prepare you for the very lucrative and in-demand ICT and Engineering industries. We will hopefully have lots of fun this semester while learning crucial skills that every employer is looking for. And in an era where everyone seems to be concerned about the weak job market, wouldn't it be nice to know you're facing the future with the skills to enter industries where there is HUGE demand? In fact, there currently aren't enough trained people to fill the jobs in these industries!
Computer Science and Engineering are very, very wise career choices.
This semester, we will try to answer this Essential Question: HOW CAN I TAKE CONTROL OF THE DEVICES WE RELY ON AND UPON WHICH WE ARE BUILDING THE FUTURE?
OneNote Class Notebook (online verion)
Cisco Networking Academy
Why we will rely on Robotics
Robot C for VEX Trainer
Fusion 360 Academy
Assignments and Due Dates
All class work is in our OneNote Class Notebook. Parents may request access from me.