* This is a Material Intensive Elective. Confirmed enrolment in this Elective is conditional on payment of the Material Intensive charge of $30.

Course Description

This is an ongoing unit which will enhance students’ previous experiences from Years 7 and 9 with Robotics & Microcontrollers. This unit can also be an introduction to Robotics for new students to the College. Students will complete a variety of set tasks to achieve many Mechanical and Electronic controlled outcomes ie: extension boards, 7 segment displays, robots, servo motors, infrared controls, basketball counters etc. Students will need to purchase any additional Add Ons that they wish to take home and

  1. Investigate

    Students will conduct research using the Internet, with a variety of links, discovering many aspects of the microcontroller systems and their capabilities.
  2. Design

    Using a “Design Brief” approach, students will design various Mechanical and Electronic outcomes including various Robots.
  3. Production

    Students will construct, test and operate various prototypes and models, using problem solving techniques.
  4. Evaluation

    Students will assess the effectiveness of their designs by working in groups and by giving oral and practical demonstrations of their various outcomes. Students will automate and control such models as robotic arms, traffic lights, washing machines, cranes, automatic feeding devices using the computer. Students will be able to design and construct their own models by using a variety of materials, pneumatic equipment, electric motors and gearboxes.

Class Work

  • Students will design, construct, program and test various microcontroller projects
  • Students will produce a model to be controlled by their microcontroller
  • Students will complete an evaluation of their experiences during the design and manufacturing phases.

Contact Teacher - Richard Fox