The 1st Annual YIS RoboTriathlon is coming up! In teams, Grade 9 students will build robots that can compete in three different events: The Line Following Challenge, The Maze Challenge, and The Sumo Challenge.
There are some resources you can use to get introduced to the intricacies of the Lego Mindstorms EV3, such as basic tutorials, programming tutorials, sensor tutorials and intermediate/advanced topics (line following, gear ratios, different build ideas).
Criterion A – Design Brief
In your own words (and individually! No sharing docs, no copy/paste!!), explain the three events of the RoboTriathlon link them to the investigative play that we did for the first two weeks. What programming tutorials do you think are going to help you? What sensors do you think you might want/need? What questions do you still have? Here is the TSC.
Criterion B – Developing Ideas
Individually, come up with an idea for a robot design for each of the three challenges. Think of the programming/behavior, the build, and the sensors needed and how these three elements work together in a cycle. You can draw an annotated diagram for each bot or explain them clearly in words. Use whatever means that will help you share the idea that is in your head.
Then, in groups you will share you ideas for each bot and reach a consensus for your group’s final design idea. Maybe it is one person’s design, or maybe it is a combination of many ideas. It doesn’t matter as long as there is consensus and everybody is involved. Create an annotated diagram or explain clearly in words what the final design idea is for each bot (three in total). This can be the same for each member of your group.
Individually, you should explain the process that was used to decide the final design. Was there any negotiation? Were there any differing opinions? Were there any other ideas that your group considered? How did you reach a consensus?
Criterion B TSC
Criterion C – Creating and Criterion D – Evaluation
Your group will create a 7 – 10 minute presentation that goes over:
- how your various bots differed from your original designs (Criterion C);
- how you felt your various bots performed (Criterion D);
- what changes you would make for RoboTriathlon 2.0 (Criterion D).
This presentation should include photos of your robots, both during the build and in action. It should also include the voices of all members of your group.
||Criterion A is due on Monday; work on Criterion B
||Criterion B is due on Monday; begin building, programming, experimenting
||Continue building, programming, experimenting; prep LineBot
||Prep LineBot and MazeBot
||Monday: LineBot Challenge; Class 2: Prep your MazeBot
||June 1: No Class!; Class 2: Prep your SumoBot
||Monday:MazeBot Challenge, SumoBot Challenge; Class 2: Prep your presentation
|| Monday: Group presentations