Troy Lanier

Science Department

Spring 2020

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Electronics and Robotics

Spring 2020 - Upper School

The first point of communication between students and teacher for this class is Google Classroom.

In the spring term of 2020 this class will explore the Raspberry Pi computer and how it is used in Robotics.

  • What is a computer
  • What is the difference between a Raspberry pI and a microcontroller
  • How to assemble the Raspberry Pi
  • Updating Raspberry Pi OS
  • GUI vs Command Line (CLI) use of the Pi
  • Basic Linux commands
  • SSH and VNC
  • Using Python to program the Pi
  • Using GPIO Pins in the context of robotics
  • Using the Raspberry Pi Camera
  • What is Computer Vision
  • Using the Raspberry Pi for computer vision


Projects in Science and Technology

Spring 2020 - Upper School

The first point of communication between students and teacher for this class is a new and consolidated Google Classroom. I have combined the two Projects class into one class and therefore previous Google Classrooms, while still available, have been deprecated.

In the spring term each student will create a slide-based presentation and a paper explaining what that student accomplished in the fall and winter terms.

Robotics and Coding

Spring 2020 - Middle School Seventh Grade

The first point of communication between students and teacher for this class is a new and consolidated Google Classroom. Previously we had five Google Classrooms, one for each section, but now we only have this one. This is a half credit course and is also a pass fail course so please note that, when school is in session, meets only once a rotation. As a result the quantity of assignments will be at a different cadence than full credit courses that meet each day. .

In the spring term students will learn what makes a computer from a computer science perspective.

  • Input
  • Storage
  • Processing
  • Output
  • Code