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 www.thelimitedcoop.org.
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)
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
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
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.
DATE CLASS TOPIC
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
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
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 flow charting
Week 9: April 14
Program control for mechanism
Homework: think about testing the robot
Week 10: April 21
Make refinements to mechanism
Homework: Fix remaining problems
Week 11: April 28
Students show their work to parents, explain design