Robotics for children. Request for comments

The idea of ​​doing robotics has visited me for a relatively long time, so it was decided to purchase a set of Lego Mindstorms NXT.
According to my subjective assessments, this set makes it quite easy to introduce the uninitiated to this fascinating science, and at the same time it has a certain charm that allows you to effectively show children the results of their work. Anyone who likes the process of forming new synaptic connections in young heads, please, under cat.

So, after the “shaking” of the set in the closet for one year, the time has finally been made for drawing up an attack plan.


I live with my family in Melbourne, in the Australian region. There is enthusiasm for organizing a robotics club (in the subsequent text of the RT) at the local club of Russian-speaking youth.
Org issues with the premises are not acute. But the issue of preparing the methodological basis of the circle is extremely acute. Due to the lack of special education, and the inability to devote time to getting an education in the field of pedagogy, it was decided to try out a program for my daughter in terms of load, digestibility of the material, etc.

At present, a program for children is being developed, taking into account a wide range of ages (due to a possible shortage of personnel, it is supposed to involve children from 6 years old to perform "mechanical" tasks like assembling components under the strict guidance of senior comrades). If there are 6 people aged 10 or more, then everyone will have approximately the
same opportunities / knowledge. At this time, the age composition of the audience is not known, therefore, as they say, options are possible.


I suggest constructively-minded Habrovsk citizens to familiarize themselves with the proposed training program.
I draw your attention to the fact that the program is not formalized, and one of the reasons for writing this post is to get acquainted with the opinion of critics about the program and approach.

1. Introduction to the Republic of Tajikistan, history, rules of the Republic of Tajikistan.
2. A brief overview of the set of Lego Mindstorm, the principles of interaction with the outside world.
3. The main mechanical elements of the set (beams / levers / blocks, etc.)
4. The construction of basic structures (types of connections / conjugations, etc.)
5. We bring the structure into motion (gear and belt drives, engines)
6. The concept of an algorithm. Loops and branches.
7. Overview of the Mindstorm development environment.
8. Hello world, Mindstorm Edition
9. Mindstorm sensors
10. We build the first robot (mechanical part)
11. We set the robot in motion (the simplest program for controlling servos)
12. “Vision” and “touch” of the robot. Integration of a UV sensor, a touch sensor, a light / color sensor and a robot

After 12 classes, in my opinion, students should have the necessary knowledge and skills to build basic systems. The further program will depend entirely on the success of the students and their susceptibility to the material.

Reporting and structure of training material

Duration of classes is expected to be around 90 minutes. I am clearly aware that 90 minutes is quite a lot, especially for children, but there are revolutionary techniques for delivering information in service. PowerPoint presentations are used for the lesson materials, every 10 minutes interactive interaction with students is provided to keep attention and / or entertaining illustration for a short humorous dialogue with the group. "Presenting to win" by Jerry Weissman to help me.

Again, it all depends on the age composition of the group. For theoretical materials at the initial stages, it is supposed to use presentations with illustrations from a CAD package from Lego. This will allow to develop spatial thinking and imagination in children. After that, it is planned to directly design mechanisms as the presentation progresses.

I would be grateful for constructive criticism, I hope readers will be interested in news about the progress of the project.
If there are any questions, the answers to which will allow readers to take a more substantive approach to criticism, I will be glad to answer.

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