Put your imagination into motion! Join the club and explore construction, materials development, electronics principles, and robotics systems and design. Returning students can participate in these activities and specially designed Level II challenges. Build your experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as you make robots!
You can also call 505-224-8341 to register.
There are no classes the week of March 28th due to Explora Spring Break Camp.
Explora Members- $195
STEM learning made fun with robots:
Weeks 1 - 2: Introduction to programming robots
Experiment with block coding using Pico Blocks™ robotic systems and make things happen. Learn the basics of LEGO© EV3™ robot programming: command statements, arithmetic operations, conditional statements, and loops. Test your EV3™ robot to find out what the program instructs it to do. Compare the similarities and differences of both programs.
Weeks 3 - 4: Why are electronic circuits and microcontrollers important robotic tools?
Explore popular Arduino Microcontrollers to learn the basics of electricity, voltage, and current. Build circuits on Sparkfun™ Redboards while investigating the fundementals of electronics. Find out how machines use electronic connections to interact with people by using a flex sensor to control a light or a servo.
Weeks 5 - 6: Investigate how to design robot systems to perform different tasks
Create a table tennis ball thrower while exploring velocity, power, torque, and friction properties of your motors. Which ones do you think are most important for this task.
Weeks 7 - 8: Design simple lifting systems
How can you use an Arduino microcontroller and servos to make a robot arm prototype? Use LEGO© EV3™ robots and other robots to create a lifting system! Can you lift a toy car? Can you move it from one place to another? Can you sort them by color?
Weeks 9 - 10: Re-engineering
Discover interesting recycled materials by taking apart old electronics, toys, and mechanical objects. Analyze their function. Can you put them back together? Try designing a ground mobile robot or other robotic system.
Weeks 11 - 12: Engage in robot missions
Work with EV3™ LEGO© MINDSTORMSⓇ robots, RXC LEGO© robots, and other to plan a strategy to win a sumo bot contest. Develop your ability to predict what needs to happen as you use spatial reasoning skills. Tackle more challenges as time permits.
Class topics change each semester.
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Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Course info: 505-224-8312
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