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Robot Basics - Aug 28, 2010

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Attendance for Robot Basics - Aug 28, 2010

The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) is proud to host a Robot Basics workshop on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 8:00am - 4:30pm at GA Tech. The workshop will take place in the College of Computing, room 347 (Directions to the College of Computing Building). Teachers must attend the entire workshop and do 2 hours of additional work on projects and grading rubrics to get 1 PLU. All teachers must register at Georgia public school teachers must also register at for workshop CTAERN3055.

Teachers will program a Pleo dinosaur robot and then build LEGO NXT robots and program them using drag-and-drop programming (NXT-G). Some teachers can work on LEGO TETRIX robots if they prefer. 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.

This workshop is free for Georgia teachers, and if you live > 30 miles from Georgia Tech we will pay for your hotel for Friday night (2 teachers per room), Friday night dinner, and Sat breakfast. If you would prefer a private room you can 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. Space is limited to 30.

Please bring a laptop if you have one, or notify us if you need to borrow a laptop.

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

Feliicia Auzla
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0280

Her e-mail is Her phone is 404-894-6858.

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

Teachers will also know how to:

8:00am - 8:30am Introductions and intro to the Pleo robot
8:30am - 10:00am programming the Pleo robot
10:00am - 12:00am build a LEGO NXT robot
12:00pm - 12:30pm lunch
12:30pm - 2:00pm Program the LEGO robot to go through courses outlined on the floor and do a 30 second dance.
2:00pm - 3:30pm Program the LEGO robot to follow a black line
3:30pm - 4:15pm Discuss the lending library, robot competitions, and the Mayan Adventure Challenges
4:15pm - 4:30pm surveys

Student Workers: Mae Tidman, Russ Strauss, Jeff Wells

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