CTE Exploring Robotics/STEM

Instructors:
Eileen Adair: Rm. 109, 720-423-7103, eileen_adair@dpsk12.org
Matthew Spampinato: Rm. 33, 720-423-7013, matthew_spampinato@dpsk12.org
Stacey Fornstrom: Rm. 107, 720-423-7164, stacey_fornstrom@dspk12.org
Sara Andolsek: Rm. 107, 720-423-7000, sara_andolsek@dpsk12.org

Overview:
Credits: 5 per semester
Prerequisite: Acceptance into CCT Magnet
Grades: 9-12

In this dynamic technology class students get to work with Lego Mindstorms, Tetrix, and other robotics kits
and components. Students learn basic programming with LabVIEW, and gain understanding in project
management for robot construction and operation.

This could be the beginning for you in a new and exciting career pathway in one of the fastest growing
industries in the world. Being part of this class will mean that you get to compete in the FIRST Tech and
FIRST Robotics competitions (TJ has the largest robotics program in the state of Colorado!).

For more information check out the FIRST website: (http://www.usfirst.org) where you will find out more
about the competition, the industry, and the class.

Materials:
$50 Lab Fee. The lab fee is for equipment used in our curriculum that is not covered by the district. The
equipment includes but is not limited to: robotics building supplies, competition fees, camcorders,
headphones, microphones, videotape, wiring, and overall computer maintenance. If any student cannot
afford the lab fee, see Mr. Spampinato, CCT department chair, for a waiver.

Much work will be done in the robotics lab, but it is necessary for you to bring school supplies (writing
utensils, notebook, etc) with you every day.

Suggested Reading:
I Robot, by Isaac Asimov
The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts, by Neal
Bascomb

Student Expectations:
Students are expected to be a successful part of the CCT program. Students must be in class and on time
every day. Work missed because of excused absences can be made up according to school policy. Due to
the intensive nature of this course, students can expect to spend some time after school working in the
robotics lab, particularly as competitions draw near.

Course Robot Build Overview:
Unit 1: Drive and Stop
Unit 2: Obstacle Detection
Unit 3: Follow the Line
Unit 4: Robot Chassis Construction
Unit 5: Basic Robot Programming
Unit 6: Arm and Gripper Construction
Unit 7: Arm, Gripper, and Robot Programming
Unit 8: TETRIX® Obstacle Detection
Unit 9: Line Following
Unit 10: Final Wrap up

Competitions:
During the 2014-15 school year, students in the Robotics class will have the opportunity to participate in
FIRST Tech Challenge. We encourage students and parents to familiarize themselves with the whole FIRST
Robotics program at: http://www.usfirst.org/

Office Hours:
Due to the nature of this program, we highly encourage students to come in during office hours on
Wednesdays since they cannot do lab work at home. Please see TJ student planner and listen to
announcements for details about office hours.

Policies:
Instructors will follow school policies for attendance, tardies, grades and electronic devices.

Parent Volunteer Group:
We will be forming a parent group for robotics, which will include volunteer opportunities for mentoring,
fundraising, recruiting, evening supervision for club activities, refreshments, etc.
If you are interested in participating on the parent support group, please contact
matthew_spampinato@dpsk12.org.

Click below to download and print the Course Requirements:

RoboticsCourseReq.docx.pdf
RoboticsCourseReq.docx.pdf
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