How are algebraic equations used within robot programs to complete a series of tasks?
Students create programs in TI-BASIC to run Norland Research calculator robots. Missions are built sequentially on the knowledge of previous missions. The first missions have step-by-step programming instructions for students, gradually leading them to create their own programs in later missions. Students use and apply mathematics and science concepts to direct their robots through a variety of challenges.
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Primary materials list per student group:
-- 1 Norland Research calculator robot
-- 1 Texas Instruments graphing calculator
-- 1 meter stick
-- Graph paper
-- Safety goggles per student
Secondary materials list:
-- Student copies of Calculator Controlled Robots guide
-- AA batteries
-- Small balloons
-- Model rockets
-- Glue gun
-- Popsicle sticks, straws, foam meat trays
-- Washable markers
-- White poster board
-- Pen holders
-- Drawing paper
-- 3-inch rubber ball
-- Data link cables and Submini Couplers