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2014 - Summer Robotics

Below are Announcements for the Summer Robotics course.  Here are also some resource links we will be using.

Special links


posted Jul 31, 2013, 9:16 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 9:16 AM ]

Click on the link below to complete the summer program GEARUP survey

Local Summer Academic Program: 

Day 7

posted Jul 30, 2013, 6:41 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:41 AM ]

Line Counting

Once you've finished Line Tracking.
Under Variables, complete the section on "Line Counting."

Day 6

posted Jul 29, 2013, 7:03 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 7:03 AM ]

Line Tracking from Basic to Advanced     

   FLL programmers
  • Complete each section under Line Tracking in the Student Online Trainer

    FTC RobotC Programmers
  • Complete each section in the Line Tracking of the Student Online Trainer

Day 5

posted Jul 26, 2013, 10:57 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:55 PM ]

To make learning programming easier, we are going to use the RobotC Virtual World robots to start running our programs.

  1. Log in to your CS2N accounts
  2. Go to "RobotC for FTC Groups" in your Summer Robotics Group
    1. Take the "Robot Movement Quiz" in Section #2 (review videos as needed)
    1. Watch "Forward for Distance" in Section #4 (learn about nMotorEncoder command)
    2. Then, Open RobotC program, and configure to complete code exampled in Forward for Distance video.
      1. Remember to change Compile Target to Robot Virtual (RVW)
      2. Write code to move your robot forward 'exactly' 5 feet.

  1. Review the videos from yesterday on "using NXT motors as Encoders" for your physical TETRIX robot.
  2. Write your own code to go exactly 5 feet, just like you did in the RVW. 
    1. You will need to do some mathematical calculations here to determine distance per rotation for your robot. 

Note:  if you're having trouble getting your motors to run in sync, try adding code from the attached doc

Day 4

posted Jul 25, 2013, 11:00 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 25, 2013, 11:00 AM ]

Today's Topics:
  1. Using Variables for repeated values in your code (I will demo this for you)
    1. then practice on your program
  2. Adding NXT Motors as TETRIX encoders - watch video and review build instructions

Day 3

posted Jul 25, 2013, 9:43 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 25, 2013, 9:43 AM ]

Continue with Mantix construction


FLL REM bot with sensors & Online Trainer

Day 2 Assignment

posted Jul 22, 2013, 2:49 PM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 23, 2013, 12:12 PM ]

For TETRIX FTC teams
Start out by reviewing the Introduction to Programming on the RobotC Curriculum page.  Watch all four videos under "Thinking about Programming" and "RobotC Syntax."  

Next, go to the "TETRIX Hardware" tab and review the documents there for: safety, construction tips, structure, etc...

After you have thoroughly reviewed these topics, complete the Safety Quiz (provided by instructor).  Upon successful completion, you may continue to the Setup section and begin assembling a test bed.

For FLL teams
Log in to your >Groups and join this group code cbeb1209  "FLL summer Learning" 
Once this course shows up on your CS2N groups list, select it from the list, then go to >view 
From there proceed thru to the NXT Operations Basics Section guided instructional videos, documents and quizzes for self-guided learning.
Use the "NXT Video Trainer" to guide you thru basics to advanced programming skills. 

Day 1 Programming & Build Challenge

posted Jul 22, 2013, 12:06 PM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 22, 2013, 12:06 PM ]

1. Can you 'program' your friend?
    Using just simple 'programming' commands, guide your blindfolded partner through a maze, as if they were a robot.

2. Structure building challenge
    Using your kit materials (either lego, or TETRIX) build a structure with a 12 IN span that can support your own weight.

CS2N Account

posted Jul 22, 2013, 9:35 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 22, 2013, 9:35 AM ]

Create an account using your TeamEureka account info
Go to

Once you have an account created and verified go to >Groups tab, then under >Actions window paste the group code below to join our classroom group.

Group Code 

This will be the platform that we use to access and complete work for this summer's class.

Endless Possibilities

posted Jul 21, 2013, 11:05 AM by MrRob Reynolds   [ updated Jul 21, 2013, 11:05 AM ]

After watching Endless Possibilities video, make  search for Lego & TETRIX robots.  See what types of things have been made.  Pay specific attention to how Mindstorms and TETRIX parts are combined.

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