Advanced STEM/Robotics Syllabus

Course Information

This is a yearlong course for 8th graders.  It is designed to introduce students to the Engineering Pathway at GOHS.  Students who successfully complete the Advanced STEM course at VRMS with a grade of A may be considered to bypass the introduction course at GOHS for the concentrator course.

Semester 1:  This is beginning course in robotics.  The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming and problem solving strategies necessary to build a variety of autonomous robots.  We will utilize VEX Robotics kits, RobotC software, and Arduino materials throughout the course.  Students will work in teams to design, build, program and document their progress.  Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, and decision-making.  Student designed robots will be programmed to compete in various courses and challenges.

 Semester 2:  Students will focus on the Engineering Design Process.Within the field of engineering, students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, and engineering design process. The course will give students confidence in organizing ideas, communication methods, teamwork, and the ability to work ideas into new and useful creations.  Students will explore the basics of blueprint design, interior design, landscaping design, coding, electronics, robotics, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor and 3D Printing.

Course Objectives

Students will learn, understand and know the following -

*  How to collaborate in groups and teams
*  How to design robots for specific activities and scenarios
*  How to use RobotC programming software
*  Gears, pulleys, torque, friction, timing, sensors, and program loops
*  To design, develop and complete robotic activities and challenges


Student /teacher Expectations

Students will be expected to self-motivated and stay on task with all lectures and activities. 

Students will be expected to take care of and respect all school computer hardware and software while in their use. 

Students will have access to computers, software, and VEX robotic kits.  Damages to any computer equipment done intentionally by a student will be charged to the student.   



In this class, students will encounter difficulty during classwork - this is expected, normal, and highly encouraged. Students will not be graded on the success of their robot, but on their reflection of the process. The grade breakdown is:


Classwork/Notes                       20%                 Quizzes/ tests                            30%                

Projects/Builds/reflection          40%                 Behavior/Participation              10%


Classwork and Homework

We will be utilizing materials and computers only available at school, so students will have very little work outside of the classroom.  However, students will need to keep track of class notes and required assignments for each project/build in a classroom folder.