Robotics 101: Offered in partnership with Engineering For Kids of South Jersey  The curriculum for the Robotics 101 program is designed to introduce students to both robot building as well as programming. The students will build robots to accomplish a specific task while using their imagination to make their robot better than the basic robot. During the class students will discover the Engineering Design Process in a real world setting as they test their robots multiple times.

Robotics 101 Lesson Plans Weeks 1-6


  • Robot Intelligence – During the first lesson students will build their robots. Students will also discover that robots have to be programmed and a robot does not work as soon as it is built.


  • Bouncing off the Walls – Students will put ultrasonic sensors on their robots to give them virtual eyes. The ultrasonic sensors do look like eyes, but they work by bouncing sound off of objects to judge their relative distance. This lesson will provide insight into how SONAR is used in real world applications.


  • Arm Flexing – By the time students have reached the Arm Flexing lesson, they have a solid understanding of the mechanics of both the programming and build of the robots. Students will be challenged to program their robot to drive to a ping-pong ball and hit the ball with an arm. The students will be competing against one another to get the ping-pong ball the furthest.


  • Line Follow – The Line Following lesson will introduce students to a new light sensor and build upon what they learned in Bouncing off the Walls. With the light sensor, their robot will be able to differentiate between light and dark and navigate its way around a track.


  • Tug of War – In this lesson students will be challenged with overpowering their opponents. The students will build robots that pull against each other. Whichever robot is stronger wins. Aspects of the robot will be modified to achieve maximum traction.


  • Sumobots – The students will be challenged with building battle robots to push the opponent’s robot outside of the Sumo Ring. Students will need to use what they learned from prior lessons to make a robot that is very stable, utilizes sensors, and maybe even an arm for flipping.

Robotics Lesson Plans for Weeks 7 and beyond

There are several units that Lessons may be pulled from. In all lessons the students will be presented with a challenge or problem. They will design, build and test solutions. Here are some unit descriptions:

This LEGO® Robotics: Da Vinci Robots curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. The robots in this unit will approach some of the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, taking a unique perspective by applying robotics principles to the challenges da Vinci faced.

During the LEGO® Robotics: EnviroBots, students design and program robots to help accomplish environmentally friendly tasks. By creating robots that can transfer nuclear waste, mine raw minerals, and deliver food and goods more efficiently, they will be sure to contribute to a more sustainable environment.

This LEGO® Robotics: Mission Mars curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of not only building, but also programming basic robots. Throughout this course the students will explore different ways in which a robot could be utilized to explore a distant planet.

This LEGO® Robotics: Ocean Missions curriculum is designed to introduce students to the world of robotics in an interesting and engaging way. The goal is to teach students about the building and programming aspects of robotics as it relates to real-world issues in ocean exploration.


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