Just swipe your fingers on the yellow slider on the left side of the screen, and the robots will come to life. No prior experience in computer science, robotics or programming is needed.
Every lesson was designed to bring abstract concepts to life by providing concrete demonstrations (when the robots are moving around) to the abstract concepts (equations, graphs). Explaining abstract relationships and equations such as quadratic equations, slope, unit circle and even piece wise functions, was never that easy and engaging!
The lessons are divided to three sections:
1. Prepare - Familiarize the students with the subject and the interface.
2. Demonstrate - Run the demonstration with the robot, and describe how the motion represents the abstract math concept.
3. Investigate - Reinforce the learning, and challenge the students.
The tablet is the controller for all the robots, and the interface the students see.
All the lessons are preloaded on the tablet. Each lesson comes with:
1. An instructional video that teaches you how to run the lesson.
- 2. The written lesson plan.
- 3. Covered standards. (Common Core standards, or TEKS for TX)
- 4. A list of instructional materials. (or - what you need to take out of the BOX in order to teach this lesson)
- 5. An in-class, or homework quiz you can hand over to your students.
- 6. Quiz answers - so you don't need to solve it.
The quadcopter robot is used in the following lessons:
a. Linear Equations
b. Quadratic Equations
a. Unit circle
b. Acceleration / Deceleration
c. Frame of Reference
The rover is used in the following lessons: (and the mustache adds personality!)
a. Complementary Angles
c. Radius and 2πR Transformations.
a. Angular Velocity
b. Linear Velocity
b. Sum of Vectors
c. Unit Circle
d. Piece Wise Functions
The robotic arm is used in the following lessons:
a. Angles, b. Triangles, c. Pythagorean Theorem, d. Arc Length
a. Sine, b. Cosine, c. Unit Circle
3. Pre Calculus
a. Radians, b. Cartesian Transformations, c. Unit Circle, d. Polar Coordinates
The robotic ball is used in the following lessons:
a. Linear Equations, b. Quadratic Equations, c. Statistics, d. Probability
2. Physics Lessons
a. Centripetal Force, b. Momentum, c. Energy, d. Colors
In the BOX you will find a small plastic box with all the accessories:
a. Chargers and rechargeable batteries for all the robots.
b. Plastic bar for the robotic arm
c. A clear image showing what belongs to which robot.
Quick Start Guide
Every kit comes with a printed quick start guide. We know you can't hold it any more and just want to start playing with the robots! So this guide will walk you through the basics of how to turn on the robots, start a lesson and engage the students.
The DVD includes all the instructional materials:
a. Teacher's book
b. Lesson Plans
c. Instructional videos
d. Quizzes and quiz answers per lesson
Smart board / projector connector
The VGA dongle allows you to connect the tablet to the smart board or to the projector in the classroom. This ensures that everyone can see the interface, and that even the last row students will be able to take a part in the lesson.
Created with teachers in mind, the tablet holder allows you to mount the tablet securely in its base, freeing your hands to focus on teaching, and not on holding the tablet, and the length of the projector cable.
The mat is used in most of the lessons for:
a. Helipad for the quadcopter - ensuring the safety in the classroom, and preventing the quadcopter from drifting away and risking students.
b. Inches and centimeters ruler for the rover - students can place the rover on the mat and measure distances and time.
3. Base for the robotic ball - the robotic ball lessons need the mat for the creation of a virtual grid the robot rolls on.
Transport case - the BOX
All the goodies above are securely packed in the transport case.
The multi-layer foam inside the case ensures that the robots, accessories and the tablet are all safe during travel and stowage.
The case can be locked if needed.