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Info page for Robotics class

Here is all the info you need regarding the robotics class which we are advertising to non-SCCCHE members.

This link is hidden, so only those who have been given the link are able to find this page.

The class is entitled Pre-FTC: Preparation for High School Robotics.  

The purpose of this class is to give students an into to robotics, specifically the FIRST program.

The secondary purpose is to encourage students to join the Robo Raiders (#7129) team, which meets in Mascoutah, IL.

The Robo Raiders are open to any Christian homeschool students with a passion for robotics and the willingness to invest the time into the team.

If you are interested in being on the team without attending the class, please email the Robo Raiders directly HERE.

The specific class info is at the bottom of this page.

The class (and SCCCHE membership) are open to all Christian homeschoolers who agree with our Statement of Faith. 


                         Registration officially closes Monday, Jan 16 at midnight.  However, late comers can still sneak in.

1.  First, sign up for SCCCHE.  Click on the MEMBERSHIP tab above and follow the prompts.

     NOTE: instead of contacting Josh Peterson, come to the orientation meeting (Jan 20, 9:30 AM) and he will be there to finish your registration.  The meeting and the classes will be at Faith Family Church  704 N Green Mount Rd  Shiloh, IL 62221

2.  Next, sign up for TLC (The Limited Co-op) at  

3.  Finally, come to the mandatory orientation meeting mentioned in point 1.


Fridays 10:30 - 11:25.

Jan 27, Feb 3, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 24, 31, Apr 14, 21




Pre-FTC: Preparation for High School Robotics

Instructors:     Denny Davis and Heidi Zeigler (proctors), Nathaniel Clayton, Bjorn Peterson, Aiden Ziegler

Course Materials Provided
     1. Lesson workbook with readings and worksheets for design project
     2. Robot building materials and tools for fabrication of robot project
     3. Laptops with software for programming and CAD


Student Required Materials
     A 3-ring notebook, writing instruments, laptop (optional)


Instructional Goals
     Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
     1. Demonstrate and explain the engineering design process
     2. Design, fabricate, and test mechanical devices as part of a robot
     3. Program and control a simple robot function
     4. Work collaboratively in team-based design
     5. Explain process and challenges associated with robot design and development


Student Responsibilities
     Students in the course will conduct themselves responsibly:
     1. Engage productively with other students and instructor to maximize learning of all
     2. Complete assigned homework and be prepared to discuss it in class
     3. Work with teammates to complete work that represents teamwork
     4. Be intentional to learn the merits of team-based design of robots


Course Structure
Students will engage in class time project work and related homework to learn and make
progress in the design, building, and testing of robotic mechanisms. In-class instruction will
provide students principles and guidance for project work. Students will be assigned to teams,
which perform their work collaboratively during class time, and continue work at home
between classes. Students will be asked to explain their work to others to develop their
communication skills and to add to the learning of others. Instructors will coach students in
their work and help them stay focused on productive work practices.


Parents are responsible for monitoring student progress on homework and providing help as
needed. Parents may contact the instructors for guidance and to provide feedback on student


At the end of the semester, students may showcase and explain their work to parents and
others of interest.





Week 1: January 27

     Motivation: Big picture of class to build a robot

     Form preliminary teams
     Build a chassis/drivetrain from a kit
     Homework: Ponder strategy and needs


Week 2: February 3

     Review progress; make adjustments
     Flow chart control for driving the chassis
     Program to drive the drivetrain


February 10 NO CLASS

     Watch videos of FTC robots

Week 3: February 17

     Introduce design process
     Present game challenge
     Form teams and begin to define strategy
     Homework: Ponder strategy and needs


Week 4: February 24

     Define needs
     Brainstorm for solutions
     Homework: Brainstorm, sketch best ideas

Week 5: March 3

     Share best ideas and criteria
     Discuss design decision matrix
     Teams score ideas and choose best
     Homework: Define parts needed for best idea


Week 6: March 10

     Introduce simple CAD
     Teams create CAD for best idea
     Homework: Complete CAD of mechanism


March 17 NO CLASS

     Watch State FTC matches
     Sketch or CAD mechanism (at home)


Week 7: March 24

     Build mechanism

     Homework: Identify control needed for mechanism


Week 8: March 31

     Continue building mechanism

     Homework: Flow chart control needed for mechanism


April 7 NO CLASS

     Finish building
     Finish flow charting


Week 9: April 14

     Program control for mechanism

     Finish building
     Homework: think about testing the robot


Week 10: April 21

     Test robot
     Make refinements to mechanism
     Homework: Fix remaining problems


Week 11: April 28

Students show their work to parents, explain design

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