RoboLab : Upgrade your computer lab to a robotics lab

RoboLAB is a yearlong robotics program aimed at implementing technology enhanced learning in classrooms.

It aims to promote robotics as a tool for application of concepts learnt by students in classrooms using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) integration by creating multiple intelligence based learning environment.

 

RoboLAB also provides an opportunity to rediscover and redesign learning by engaging students in an inquiry based approach to collaborate and be creative in solving open ended robotics challenges. It is best suited for Challenge Based Learning and Problem Based Learning.

 

The key features of RoboLAB are:

  • Age appropriate robot design activities across grade 4-8.
  • Easy to use cloud based programming interface.
  • Engineering Design Process (EDP) based open ended robotic challenge statements.
  • Assessment rubrics to help teachers assess/record students learning.
  •  Guided Powerpoint sessions to assist students in robot building.
  • Detailed teachers handbook to help teachers facilitate robotics classes effectively.
  • Comprehensive teachers training to empower them to conduct robotics classes with ease.
  • Student performance monitoring interface.
  • Continuous feedback and support through the QSS process.

 

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iPitara is a modular re-programmable robotic kit. The kit consists of a processing unit called "the brick" (includes an LCD display screen and a buzzer), sensors (touch, obstacle, sound, light and continuity), 3 motors, a remote control and mechanical components like wheels, gears, pulleys, castor etc. The kit also provides Meccano elements which serve as the building blocks for creating a strong structure for the robot.

 

Depending on the challenge thrown in each class, students identify the various components that could be used to create a robot to solve the challenge. The kit provides freedom to create multiple solutions to the same challenge!

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THiNK VPL lets the user create programs by manipulating program blocks graphically rather than specifying them textually. Instead of writing a set of imperative commands that get executed sequentially, this programming language allows the user to build logic using basic building blocks available for the same. The data flow constructed is like a series of workers available inline that do their assigned task.


THiNK VPL is targeted for beginner programmers having a basic understanding of concepts involved in robot building like mechanics, engineering, science etc. However, THiNK VPL is not limited to novices. The programming language also appeals to more enthusiastic roboteers for rapid prototyping or code development. As a result, THiNK VPL appeals to a wide audience of users including students and enthusiasts/hobbyists.


Features of THiNK VPL


  • Tightly integrated with the hardware as only the elements supported by your hardware are available in the software and in exact numbers.

  • Easy drag and drop of programming blocks while building logic for your robot.

  • Single click solution to transfer your program onto the hardware.

  • Ability to save your work and retrieve the same (open) at any instant while building logic.

  • Enables you to declare your own variables and use them while building program logic.

  • Syntax checking for elements as you proceeds with the logic.


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Three teachers nominated by the school would undergo a 40 hours (6 days) duration training program. ThinkLABS certified trainer(s) visits the school and conducts the program in the school premises.

Training covers the following aspects:

1) Overview

Covers the ideology of learning through robotics and how the principles of science, math and computer programming in theory can be applied practically through robotics.

2) The hardware (i-Pitara Pro) and software (THiNK)

Covers a thorough hands-on training on the robotic platform : i-Pitara Pro. It includes building robots, programming them using THiNK software and testing.

3) Delivery of content

Teachers are trained with specialized techniques to effectively deliver the content to the students. This approach of empowerment helps in developing confidence in the teachers.

The yearlong RoboLAB program have 12 sessions each for grade 4 to grade 8. These sessions are a good mixture of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based concepts and are each planned for 60 minutes duration. These sessions help in the development of crucial life skills like motor skills, spacial visualization, logical reasoning, collaborative learning, critical thinking, time management etc. There are two Engineering Design Process (EDP) based challenge days per grade to give scope for independent thinking and qualitative self evaluation.

Students learn manual robotics (remote controlled robotics structures) in grade 4 while they are exposed to manual as well as programmable robotics in grade 5 to grade 8. 

The deliverables to the school are:

  • 12 unique Power Point Sessions for each grade to help teachers conduct the sessions.
  • STEM relevant learning outcomes for all sessions.
  • Engineering Design Process (EDP) based open ended robotic challenge statements (2 sessions per grade).
  • Assessment rubrics to help teachers assess/ record students learning.
  • Students workbook to record their observations/ work flow during challenge days.
    • This can also be used by teachers as an evidence of students learning.
  • Detailed visual instructions to assist construction of models.
  • Visual programming software - THiNK
    • Browser based programming software built on Google powered platform.
    • Inspired from (look and feel) the world famous children programming software SCRATCH.
    • Student performance monitoring interface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

"After attending the roboics workshop with robo.in, my son is very much charged up and is day in day out busy with all the activities around the ROBOTS."

-Bhadresh Shah (Father of Rhythm Shah, Swami Vivekanand International School)

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