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Programmable Robotics Mobile STEM Lab

From designing your own 3D component to programming your first robot Programmable Robotics Mobile STEM Lab shows how these systems of technology work together. In this design heavy phase, students fully take on the role of an engineer, using integrated technologies to solve real world challenges while promoting 21st century competencies. Students prepare for advanced STEM studies and begin to envision themselves in future careers.

Each Mobile STEM Labs teaches part of our progression of learning that spans from Mentored Construction Play, STEM Fundamentals, Applications of Design & Engineering and lastly System of Technology. By pairing Programmable Robotics with ROK Blocks you can teach ALL the STEM-Maker Curriculum that Rokenbok Education offers. 

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Programmable Robotics Teaches:

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Applications in Design & Engineering

Students learn how to integrate different systems of technology with the Rokenbok system. These experiences are designed to give students the curiosity and desire to persist in STEM. 

  • Simple Machines
  • Mechanisms
  • Robotic Movement
  • Compound Machines
  • Coding & Programming
  • Design Challenges

Systems of Technology

Students learn how to integrate different systems of technology with the Rokenbok system. These experiences are designed to give students the curiosity and desire to persist in STEM. 

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Programmable Robotics
  • Arduino & Sensors
  • Text-based Programming
  • Code Structure
  • Design & Engineering Challenge

Programmable Robotics + ROK Blocks Teach: 

Mentored Construction Play

Young students need foundational STEM fluencies for ongoing STEM learning. 

  • Sequence & correspondence
  • Symbolization
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Symmetry
  • Logical reasoning

STEM Fundamentals

Students gain confidence in their ability to learn technical skills and create solutions of their own design. 

  • Explorations focus on intuitive concepts:
  • How to make things strong
  • How to make things move
  • Working in teams
  • The design process

Learn more about the ROK Blocks Lab >

This lab guides students from robotics basics to creating entire robotic environments, where multiple machines interact with each other autonomously. Included in this highly capable robotics learning system are:

arduino robot

ROK-duino (Arduino based) robotics controller.

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Maker ROK-bot robot (and all of the elements included in the Basic Robotics Lab).

snap in sensors

An array of sensors, motors, and Rokenbok engineering elements.

 

ROK-duino

At the heart of this lab is the ROK-duino, an Arduino based, fully programmable robotics controller with eight sensor inputs and four motor/power outputs. Additionally, the ROK-duino can transmit commands to one or more Maker ROK-bot robots. 

Students are introduced to fully programmable robotic environments through carefully phased experiences:

  • Introduction to sensors (proximity, light, angle, bump, and color).
  • Introduction to programming.
  • Introduction to autonomous, inter-machine interactions.

The ROK-duino comes preprogrammed, and students can begin creating sensor-based robots right away.  When students are ready, they learn to create their own custom Arduino programs on classroom computers, and upload their code to the ROK-duino.  Rokenbok choose Arduino because it is a simple, clear, open-source programming environment; easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced students as well.

The next step is inter-machine interactions; students learn to use the ROK-duino to control multiple machines simultaneously.  This includes transmitting commands to the included Maker ROK-bot from the ROK-duino controller.  Imagine a dump truck that autonomously drives on to, and is lifted by an elevator.  Or a swing bridge that automatically positions itself based on the direction of an approaching vehicle.  Through the Advanced Robotics Lab, students go beyond creating single robots to creating ‘fields’ of robotic activity.

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