Robotics 1.5 - Englebrecht
TPSF Summer Academy
Summer Academy Week 1 was a blast! I can't believe how quick the week went by. Your kids have made this week so enjoyable! We have had a lot of fun working together, learning all about robotics, and designing creative and fun ideas using VEX!
We started the week with a team building activity called "Saving Sam" the goal was to communicate with their partner to save the gummy worm using only a paper clip. Students definitely struggled trying to find a solution! The awesome thing was seeing how students talked to each other during the activity, they were encouraging and positive with what they said! We discussed the importance of communication and tried the activity again without talking...much more challenging! The activity was a great way to really get us thinking about the expectations we have when communicating and working together. Collectively we came up with teamwork norms for the summer:
- Respect Others!
- Be Nice!
- Solve problems, don't create them!
- Have FUNNNNN!!!
I have seen each and everyone of our amazing students fulfilling and surpassing these expectations this week! I feel really lucky to have this group for the summer. I am excited by their passion and creativity already displayed!
Mel and Asha using communication!
They are figuring out ways to manipulate the lifesaver to fit around their friend!
1st successful save!
Erin and Ashley were the first to find a solution to saving their gummy worm!
Danny, Josh, and Anselm working in a team of 3 to reach a solution!
Ayla and Joshua used amazing collaboration skills!
Phillip and Rhyan!
Both used a variety of ways to solve the problem!
Anderson and Stephen had creative and unique ways of solving the problem!
Building Mechanisms... the foundation of robotics!
We started off Monday and Tuesday with our very basic level of robotics, Mechanisms. We were just getting our start learning how to put pieces of VEX parts together and how the tools in our kits work! Students excelled at the mechanisms as they caught on to the way things work. We built a variety of mechanisms that will help us in future builds when we need to increase speed, increase torque, have a linear output, or have something come in at an angle. All of these skills are vital in our future robotics builds!
Students were separated into the Red and Blue team and divided up the mechanism from the list. Before they could move on to the next mechanism they had to teach their table partners about the mechanism they built. It was a great opportunity for us to really understand what we were building.
The mechanisms we built include:
Simple Gear Train
Gear Train with Idler
Cam and Follower
Crank and Slider
Rack and Pinion
Worm and Wheel
Our big project this week was the pull toy! We designed a toy that could be pulled by a string and perform an action by one of the mechanisms we learned earlier in the week. Students went through the entire engineering design process and produced amazing toys! We were able to bring our toys to the 1st grade classes where they played with them and voted on their favorite toy! I was blown away by their creativity and kindness with the 1st graders.
Phillip and Joshua!
A dinosaur chase on a chain drive.
Dillon and Siho!
Dillon and Siho had a candyland themed toy!
Saahil and Stephen!
Saahil and Stephen had an intricate design using multiple mechanisms!
They had a: Tank Drive, bevel gear, belt drive, and gears everywhere!
Anderson and Nikhil!
Using a cam and follower mechanism Anderson and Nikhil built spongebob hunting for jellyfish!
Rhyan and Ayla!
Rhyan and Ayla had an AMAZING Mario themed toy! So much detail going on!
Anselm and Josh!
An amazing spongebob themed pull toy with a chain drive and cam and follower mechanism!
Anderson and Nikhil!
Tony and Colin!
A shipwreck theme complete with a pirate ship!
Mel and Erin!
Mel and Erin built an amazing 3D model of Minecraft!
Asha and Ashley!
One of the first grade favorites! They built a Minion surfing on a crank and slider mechanism!
Payton and Danny
Payton and Danny built a Wild West theme! They had a train and horses moving all around their toy!
Research, Design, Build!
Hard at working figuring out what mechanisms to use!
Our intern rocks!
Celeste from Tustin High has been helping us out all week! She is awesome!
Monday: Regular Schedule
Tuesday: NO summer Academy (Enjoy your 4th!)
Wednesday: Regular Schedule
Thursday: PICTURE DAY! Wear your shirt. Regular Schedule
Friday: Academy from 8:30-12:30