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Initiated through cooperation of the Galileo Network, Glendale Elementary has developed a highly innovative and exciting robotics program at their school. Beginning in the grade one/two class, the robotics materials have been passed up through the grades.  This site features the work of the grade three class.

Robotics education offers a rich opportunity for students to engage in problem solving and cooperative learning.  Although robotics is not mandated by the curriculum it integrates many specific learning expectations and objectives, especially in the areas of math, science and technology.  Working with robotics materials, students have the opportunity to develop authentic experiences with pre-engineering concepts and a meaningful understanding of how technology works.

This project is hands-on, student-centred, and highly generative. The structure and direction of the study was largely guided by student interest. Together the class explored the definition of robotics, and how they affect society.  Next, the class engaged in the "Design Process", actively designing, building, programming and testing robots using Robolab construction kits.

What is Robotics and what does it involve?

The students built and programmed robots using a program entitled ROBOLABTM. Click here to visit Robolab's Website.

RobolabTM is a a robotics kit/program developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in conjunction with Tuffs University, LegoTM and National InstrumentsTM.  Essentially, this system is comprised of building materials, in the form of LegoTM (regular blocks as well as speical peices like gears, pulleys and axels), and programming software, built upon the graphical programming language of LabVIEW.  Connecting these two componets is the RCX box (Remote Command System), a mini-processor, which is incorporated into a lego brick, which can be built into the student's constructions.  The RCX also has inputs and outputs where motors, lights and sensors can be connected.  The RCX receives programs, created on a Windows or Macintosh PC, via an infrared transmisson , and can store up to 5 programs.By programming the RCX to react to input from the sensors, students can create behaviours for their inventions. 

Click here for a tutorial on Robolab programming software.

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