Here I Am! What Do I Do?
I want to build online robots!
OK! A good way to approach a complex problem is to
break it into parts using
the Scientific Method.
I need to do some research!
Visit RobotEd 101 and
Resources to get familiar with
the topic. Important things to learn are: What is a robot? What are
the traits and systems associated with robots? How do software models
relate to the actual objects represented? Research involves making
observations, plus collecting and recording information.
I'm ready to build my robot!
Good! To build and run a robot you have to register a userid
and password. Once you're registered, login to the member area.
Use the BotBuilder (psst, it's in Missions) to put
your robot together. Brainstorm with your team for ideas and possible
design solutions. Discuss your design to understand
why the robot is built a particular way. If this isn't your first robot, how
does it compare to the others you've built?
How do I program and run my robot?
The Path Planner (it's in Missions too) will help you program
your robot. Incorporate strategies from previous experimentation and
The Simulator (yep, in Missions) is the place to run your
robot. Record your simulation results.
I ran my robot - Now What?
Analyze and record your results and conclusions about
the design process in your Journal and the Class Message board. What worked
and didn't work? How can you improve your robot? Engineering
a tool is a circular process of design-test-redesign so if your robot
didn't work, this information could be useful next time.
Build another Bot!