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Robo Task Force


Spring Semester 2016
January 26 - April 19
12 Sessions
Tuesdays, 4-5:30 pm 

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!

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You can also call 505-224-8341 to register.

There are no classes the week of March 28th due to Explora Spring Break Camp.

Class fees:
Explora Members- $195
Non-Members- $230

 STEM learning made fun with robots:

  • Discover the challenges of robotic design and function while applying the Science of energy and motion.
  • Use Technology to program microcontrollers and robots to execute tasks. Improve your analytical skills by coding programs to solve problems.
  • Engineer and re-engineer robot bodies to compete in challenges like sumo bot wrestling.
  • Use Mathematics and Geometry to calculate wheel rotations, positions, and movement.

Class Schedule:

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
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323