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NEW HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS COURSE FOR 2013-14!
Red Stick Robotics and LSU College of Engineering have partnered to bring high school students in Louisiana the only state-wide, dual enrollment course in robotics!
SYLLABUS: CSC 1250 Introduction to Programming (with Robotics Lab)
Effective Fall 2013
Course Description: Using robots we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming using a high-level language. A robot is an embedded system of software and hardware. Programming and building robots applies science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics.
Students who successfully complete this course will have learned:
- fundamental programming concepts,
- about the scientific method and inquiry,
- basic physics and physical science concepts,
- programming concepts related to robotics,
- fundamental engineering concepts related to robotics,
- about teamwork and collaboration, and
- about robotics competitions and the robotics industry.
This course covers the following specific topics:
PHYSICS/PHYSICAL SCIENCE APPLICATION
- Scientific method
- Simple Machines (levers, gears, mechanical advantage)
- Program compilation and execution
- Inputs and outputs
- Assignment statements
- Boolean conditions
Students will build and program robots in laboratory sessions. No previous computer programming or electronics experience is necessary.
FUTURE Robotics Course Summaries
Robotics II (Intermediate Robotics)
· Smart car technologies
- Smart grids
- Communicating with cars nearby
- Safety systems
· Building parts in machine shop (if available)
· Proofs of concept
· Culminates in competitions
Robotics III (Advanced Robotics)
· Single project per semester
· Research problem, develop solution
· Make current technology better or invent something new
· Marketing plan
· Culminates in competitions
Robotics STEM Program
In an effort to promote Red Stick Robotics’ (RSR) goal of increasing science and math majors and career pathways and LSU Computer Science’s (LSU) goal of improving student preparedness for the rigor of undergraduate studies in computer science and engineering, RSR and LSU Computer Science have partnered to bring STEM education in robotics to high school students across the state. Following is an overview of that program.
The RSR-LSU Robotics STEM Program (Program) contains the following six components:
1) Professional development
2) Dual enrollment
3) Career planning, and internship & apprenticeship program
4) Parental/Guardian engagement
5) Mentorship network
6) Competitions and real-life applications
The Program has been developed by RSR and LSU and is continually updated and led by RSR and LSU faculty and staff. It requires professional development of local (high school-based) qualified instructors to bring the curricula and material to the students. Students are also evaluated and monitored by their instructors. Workshops and conferences are provided to the instructors throughout the year to disseminate the latest technologies.
Course content meets LSU’s rigorous standards and qualifies for college credit. Dual enrollment agreements with schools and school districts ensure the Program’s integrity and commitment to the highest standards. National and state standards of math, science, technology and engineering are directly integrated into each class.
Career planning, and internship & apprenticeship program
As an additional student incentive to participate in the Program, RSR and LSU offer career planning and develop internship and apprenticeship partnerships with local businesses. Students will be able to take what they learn in the classroom directly to the workforce if they choose. For students interested in advanced degrees, RSR and LSU are uniquely qualified to assist them with detailed career planning guidance.
The Program relies on a strong parental support and strives to achieve the maximum level possible for each student enrolled by actively engaging their support system. During the student application and enrollment process, parents/guardians are required to attend an informational meeting with RSR and LSU staff to discuss the Program’s requirements and what is expected of them. Throughout the year parents/guardians will be expected attend workshops along with students and instructors to see their students’ progress and participate in hands-on lessons designed to help support students at home.
Across the country, STEM-related businesses are reaching out to schools to develop mentoring opportunities. These opportunities are especially prevalent between businesses and school robotics teams. Many businesses compensate employees or give time off to encourage local outreach. RSR and LSU believe these relationships are vital to the health of the Program and actively seek out businesses to become part of a mentorship network.
Competitions and real-life applications
All learning leads to competition events to incentivize students to complete the courses and apply all of the concepts they have been presented. In the higher courses, students have the added benefit of competing in the real marketplace. Their work culminates in a final product that is proposed to business to solve problems they have been working on.
For more information, contact Annie Cagle at (225) 772-7652 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org