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Tryscience and The FIRST LEGO League Visit us today! Agenda Welcome and Setup Get a Little Help from Build an “A-Mazing” Robot Create Two Teams Build a Robot Program a Robot

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Visit us today!

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  • Welcome and Setup

  • Get a Little Help from

  • Build an “A-Mazing” Robot

    • Create Two Teams

    • Build a Robot

    • Program a Robot

    • Create a Layout Maze and Test a Robot

    • Create a Team Presentation

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About A-Mazing Robots

Program your robot to travel around a maze to find a toxic waste location, and then carry the waste to a disposal location using as few simple commands as possible.

Let’s have some fun!

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What is computer programming?

  • …Creating a sequence of instructions (steps) that a computer can interpret (understand) and execute (take action) to achieve a desired operation (goal).

  • A computer program may have many steps linked in sequence in one single set of instructions.

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Try it

at Home

Let’s Program

Our A-Mazing Robots!

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An Engineering and Technology Design Adventure…

An “actual” A-Mazing Robot!

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Forming Teams...

  • Create two Teams (Give Your Team Names).

  • Each team will build a robot, write a computer program, and create a layout maze for the robot to find and dispose of “toxic waste" using logical thinking and imagination.

  • Each team will create a PowerPoint Presentation and present for 3 - 7 minutes. “All team members must contribute verbally.”

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Forming Teams...

  • Each Team will have Sub-Teams:

  • Hardware Engineering Team - Mechanical Engineers

  • Software Engineering Team - Programmers

  • Industrial Engineering Team - Layout and Testing

  • Marketing & Communications Team - Presentation

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Forming Teams...

Hardware Engineering Team - Responsible for the parts, assembly, and electrical systems.

  • Software Engineering Team -Responsible for programming the robot to layout requirements.

  • Industrial Engineering Team - Responsible for constructing the layout maze and testing the product.

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Forming Teams...

Marketing & Communications Team - Responsible for creating the PowerPoint Presentation and organizing the presenters.

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Building your Robot

Lego Product #9786

Robo Technology Set



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Layout Maze Template

Place Toxic

waste on Robot

Collect Here



Exit Here

Start Here

Deposit Toxic

Waste Here

8.5“ x 11” Pattern

A solution

Forbidden Areas

Toxic Waste for pickup

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Create a Layout Maze

  • …Create a 5 x 5 matrix on a flat surface using sheets

    of paper or masking tape

  • Use Layout Matrix Template as an example

  • Use paper or other objects to represent “toxic waste”

    and “trash”

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Toxic Waste

Containment Vessel

IBM Tryscience: Engineer a Robot Template

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Containment Vessel

IBM Tryscience: Engineer a Robot Template

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ROBOLAB Software

  • …ROBOLAB is a graphical programming environment that controls your robot.

  • PILOT levels - graphical with a single chain of commands.

  • INVENTOR levels - more flexibile with complex operations to control the robot (i.e., conditional branches and subroutines).

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Step 3

Step 4

Step 5




Step 2

Step 6

Turn Right

Turn Right

Step 7

Step 1

Forward and Stop


Place Toxic waste on Robot during ‘wait’

Engineer-A-Robot Program

Below is one option to writing a program to navigate through the matrix. Can you see others?

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2. Select Pilot Mode

1. Launch ROBOLAB



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Load the Program


Load File: engineer a robot.pi4

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Sample ROBOLAB Program

Run the sample ROBOLAB PILOT program to see one way to navigate the maze. How would you change the program?

Load File: engineer a robot.pi4

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Troubleshooting Tips

  • Things that can affect robot performance: battery voltage, motors, friction between the tires and maze materials

  • Overcome problems by thinking and acting like an engineer

  • Isolate and solve each problem one at a time to achieve success

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Team Presentation

  • Team Members

  • Team Objectives

  • Robot Performance

  • Lessons Learned

  • Project Evaluation

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