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Keywords: Robotics, robots, simulation, programming, design, building
Subject(s): Robotics
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Robert Fulton Middle School, Van Nuys, CA
Planned By: Kyle Ramstad
Original Author: Kyle Ramstad, Van Nuys
Students will be given a "disaster" area; a maze of simulated rubble and obstacles with toy "victims" laid out in random areas. Students will need to design, build, and program robots to search for and rescue these victims.

Students will use the customizable Lego EV3 robots. Students will work in groups to design a robot that has all the necessary features of a rescue bot. This may include an arm for picking up victims, sensors for detecting objects/colors of objects, a flashlight to see in dark spaces, etc. Groups will then build the robots based on their design.

Groups will work together to program the robots so that they go through the "disaster" area without human assistance. The program will need to include conditional statements that check on values reported from sensors, variable declarations and definitions to hold values reported by sensors, and algorithms for driving through the area.
7 robot kits to make groups of 3 or 4 students per robot.
Students design, build, and program robots for other real world applications
Materials: Hardware Devices
Other Items: 7 LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set, $389.95 each, total of $2729.65