Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs!

Research Project: Assign students to build a brochure, via google docs to make a brochure on a manufacturing process. Have them find a link to an interesting video on a process, watch it, and then add it to their brochure. Go HERE for the activity with a downloadable template. Go HERE for some exemplars.

Here’s an example of one of the brochures made with the template

Robotics Programming: Just got off the phone with Intellitek, and they said to go HERE to download the PLTW version of the software, and you have the free trial version. Even better is that if you give your students the key from your school district, they can unlock the full version at home. This is legit, and Intelitek said I could share this method via phone support. It will only work with this version! Wait! It gets better! Go HERE to get video tutorials for a lot of the Robocell projects!

Fusion Basics: Students can do some 3D modeling using fusion if they sign up in the autodesk student community. All of my students already have an account, then they log into their 360 account and use Fusion 360 in their browser! Kinda slow, so if you can download it, even better! The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students and a full set of videos to accompany them.

Advanced 3D modeling: Use your favorite software (Inventor/Fusion 360 was used for this activity) to complete these advanced models. The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students so that you can evaluate them from afar.

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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VEX Encoder Doesn’t Work!

Question:

I can’t seem to get my encoder to work no matter what I do!  It will only ever return a value of 0 or 1, and only for a moment. What’s up?

Answer:

Well, did you restart your software and hardware? Then check this out!  I’ll bet you have another analog sensor plugged into your cortex, like the sonar…. Found this after searching the web…. If using another analog sensor, the Quad Encoder MUST be plugged into a higher number port. Really? Yup. See the snip below. Spent at least a day on this then found the documentation on line, switched the ports with the sonar sensor so that the encoder was on 8 & 9, and the sonar on 4 & 5, and viola! Success!  Try it! Also… we NEVER got the error as shown below… It just didn’t work. Download the whole VEX pdf here: Quadrature+Encoders

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Are there other VEX Parts?

Question:

Do you have a list of all the VEX parts?  I want to order just a few, but I do not know what the part numbers are can you help?

Answer:

Sure can!  Ryan Stobaugh, CIM Master teacher, has put together an updated spreadsheet that has been updated with all of the parts with numbers and prices as of July 2017. Includes pneumatics at the end!   Just copy and paste the part numbers into your district’s requisition form, and add the prices!

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The VEX Testbed is boring….

Question:

The VEX Testbed is boring; do you know of another way to make learning RobotC programming more appealing to high school students?

Answer:

Well, in my classroom we build clawbots, then add all of the sensors to them. we then get to program the sensors on a real, mobile robot!  Kids love it and the culminating activity is a game where they get to drive the robots around; just like a real VEX competition.  In the meantime, they are learning how to program inputs and outputs, the difference between analog and digital, and the how closed and open loop systems work.

reddownloadClawbot TestBed

In the zipped folder above you will find the following documents:
  1. Clawbot Sensor Install: This document shows you how to install the sensors on the clawbot to complete some activities.
  2. Clawbot Checklist: This is a document that the students do screen captures of their RobotC programs on so that you can keep track of their progress as they go.
  3.  Cortex Wiring Diagram: An example of the Cortex wiring. I like to use a template in my class so each robot is the same; it makes troubleshooting easier. It looks like this:

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