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Robotics, Feb 23, 2013

Teacher Workshop: Robotics held on 2/23/2013

Teacher Workshop: Robotics held on 2/23/2013

Registration List for February 23 Robotics Workshop

Materials are at

This workshop will be in room G011 of the Molecular Science and Engineering Building. See Directions to the Molecular Science and Engineering Building for directions. Teachers will program a Pleo dinosaur robot using MySkit or a Finch robot using Python or Java. They will also build and program LEGO WeDo, LEGO NXT robots, or LEGO Tetrix robots (only teachers with prior NXT experience and some programming experience). The LEGO NXT robots will be programmed using a drag-and-drop blocks language: NXT-G. The Tetrix will be programmed using RobotC. The workshop will explain how to cover introductory computing concepts by programming robots such as: sequential execution, conditional execution, iteration, creating your own methods (my block), and event-driven execution.

Everyone must register at Public school high school teachers must also register on for workshop CTAERN3613 (look in new catalog). Teachers must attend the entire workshop and do 2 hours of extra work and show that extra work during a webinar to get credit. The workshop runs from 8:30am - 4:00pm. There will be an optional Georgia CSTA chapter meeting from 8:00am - 8:30am. The webinar will be on Wednesday March 27th from 8pm - 9pm. Go to to join the webinar.

This workshop is free for Georgia teachers, and if you live > 30 miles from Georgia Tech we may pay for your hotel for Friday night (2 teachers per room), Friday night dinner, and Saturday breakfast. We have limited funds to support food and lodging for teachers and will notify you after you register if your food and lodging will be covered. Alcohol is not covered! If you would prefer a private room you will pay 1/2 the hotel cost which is $60. We will pay for lunch for all teachers. Space is limited to 30.

Please bring a laptop if you have one, or notify us if you need to borrow a laptop. If you have any questions please send e-mail to

Out-of-state teachers pay $140. Checks for $140.00 should be made out to Georgia Institute of Technology and sent to:

ICE Programs
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0280

After completing this workshop teachers will be able to explain the following using robots:

Teachers will also know how to:

Video of gymnastic robot built during the workshop

Georgia Tech Links
Georgia Tech's Lending Library
Article on Simon the Robot at Georgia Tech
Details on a 3 hour workshop for NXT with recourse kits
Details on a 4 hours basic workshop with just NXT

Christopher Michaud's website for robots
Working with Finch
Finch website
Finch hardware
Finch + JES for programming the finch in Python
Musical note frequencies
Programming the Finch in Java

Robot Competitions:
Georgia FIRST
Video of FLL State competition
FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge Video for 2011-2012
Bot ball competition
Best competition
RoboCup competition
RoboCup Junior information
Vex Competition

Virtual Robot
Lightbot 2.0

Robot Videos on You Tube top 10 robot videos! Georgia Tech robot and female drummer

8:00am - 8:30am Optional - CSTA Ga Chapter meeting
8:30am - 9:00am Introductions and intro to the Pleo robot and Finch robot (See
9:00am - 10:00am programming the Pleo robot or Finch robot
10:00am - 12:00pm build a LEGO NXT robot (see or or or work on a Tetrix robot - Chasity Holiday (Tetrix Instructor). Also see and
12:00pm - 12:30pm lunch
12:30pm - 3:00pm Doing robot challenges such as programming a robot to go through a course, follow a black line, or do a 30 second dance.
3:00pm - 3:45pm Discuss the lending library, other robot challenges, and robot competitions
3:45pm - 4:00pm post surveys

Teachers must do two hours of homework and attend a 1 hour webinar to earn 1 PLU. The webinar will be on March 27th from 8pm - 9pm.

Location: Molecular Science and Engineering building (MS&E) room G011

Materials: Tetrix(1 or 2) pre-built frames & (2) prebuilt Tetrix, LEGO NXT robots ( 1 per), LEGO Resources Kit (1/2), Pleo( 1 per or 1/2), Finch ( 1 per 1/2), WeDo ( 1 pre 1/2), black electrical tape, poster board

Workers: Haritha (Lead), Kyle and Diana

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