Introduction to Robotics
- Grades 5-6
Residential and Commuter
- Computer Science and Technology
In the field of robotics, computer science and engineering interface to create interdependent systems that can perform a variety of tasks, from manufacturing microchips to exploring Mars. In this course, we’ll learn computer science concepts and explore topics such as algorithms, sequential control flow, and Boolean operators. We’ll survey basic principles of physics and mechanical engineering, such as simple machines and locomotion, and of electrical engineering, such as circuits and sensor feedback. You and your classmates will build, program, and test robots in a modern programming environment. With each project, learn the basic computer science and engineering principles that underlie everything from home toasters to space shuttles, and gain a foundation in fields that will become increasingly important in the highly technical 21st century.
Typical Class Size: 14-16
- Design, plan, and build interdependent autonomous machines using robotics parts
- Create and interpret flow charts, building sketches and explaining them through documentation
- Compare and contrast software, hardware, and firmware and their role in robotics
- Formulate the main principles of programming including algorithm, variable, conditional, iteration, parallel/serial processing and subroutines, and test systems using an object-oriented or non-graphic user interface platform
- Construct and demonstrate inputs, outputs, and processing within a program, system, and robotic device
- Develop and explain ideas of feedback and control structures within a network, and a centralized and decentralized system
- Present algorithmic solutions as executed by a robot, and explain their processes
- Justify the use of structure, center of gravity, torque, traction, and other physical attributes in effective robot design
- Defend the importance of voltage, current, transistors, and other electrical aspects of robot design
- Propose general practices and structures of software programming languages
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
About Computer Science and Technology at CTY
Build robots, conquer the world!
Introduction to Robotics is perfect for students who want to learn introductory-level programming and apply what they’ve learned through real-life engineering projects. You can even test your coding and design skills by having your robot complete obstacle courses and other challenges.
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