The Introduction to Competitive Robotics curriculum, from Manchester, N.H.-based Intelitek Inc., uses the VEX Cortex microcontroller and easyC for Cortex robotic programming software to help more students become exposed to robotics, competitions, and engineering.
The VEX Cortex microcontroller is the standard for VEX competitions. It has built-in bi-directional communication for wireless driving, debugging, and downloading using the VEXnet 802.11 wireless link.
Introduction to Competitive Robotics consists of 14 hands-on activities enhanced by interactive media, videos, and simulations. The curriculum can be delivered via LearnMate, intelitek’s e-learning management system, or installed locally on a standalone computer or network.
Through step-by-step activities covering robot assembly and programming, teams learn to build and program a competitive robot for both autonomous and operator control. Activities enable teams to quickly understand and apply the concepts many teams struggle with, such as encoders, potentiometers, ultrasonic, line followers, and PID control. The streamlined curriculum is designed to bring the educational value of robotic competitions to more VEX teams, as well as high school and middle school classrooms.
“We are excited to provide curriculum that will maximize opportunities for teaching and student learning in STEM-related areas of study,” said Brenda Quinn, president and CEO of intelitek. “Just as we were with the release of our Robotics Engineering Curriculum in the fall of 2006, with this month’s release of Introduction to Competitive Robotics, intelitek is again the first to provide engaging and relevant robotics content to the classroom.”