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Sept 22, 2011 - Teaching with Robots

This workshop will be held on Thursday, 9/22/11, from 8:30AM to 4 PM in the College of Computing Building, Room 345.
The instructors for this workshop will be Barbara Ericson of Georgia Tech University and Christopher Michaud of Nebo Elementary School.

Attendance for Sept 22, 2011 - Teaching with Robots

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

Teachers will program a Pleo dinosaur robot using MySkit or a Finch robot using Python or Java. They will also build and program 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.

Public school high school teachers must register on for workshop CTAERN3333
(look in new catalog). Everyone must also register at 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. The webinar will be on Thurs Oct 20th 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 will pay for your hotel for Wednesday night (2 teachers per room), Wednesday night dinner, and Thursday breakfast. Alchohol is not covered! If you would prefer a private room you will pay 1/2 the hotel cost. We will cover parking for Georgia teachers who stay at the hotel and reimburse parking for Georgia teachers who do not stay at the hotel. We will pay for lunch for all teachers. We can also reimburse for substitutes for Georgia 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:

8:30am - 9:00am Introductions and intro to the Pleo robot and Finch robot
9:00am - 10:00am programming the Pleo robot or Finch robot
10:00am - 12:00pm build a LEGO NXT robot (see or and or work on a Tetrix robot
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


Workers: Kelsay, Srayva (lead), Madhuri

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