Lab Assignments

Spring 2015 Instructions

Q: Where do I find the assignments?

  • Hands-on Lab assignments will be posted on this page for NRCC Students.
  • Dual Enrollment students will use the NXT Lab Assignments Page.
  • Lecture Assignments (using Word) are posted on the Lecture Assignments page.
  • Blackboard is NOT used to post assignments nor submit assignments for this course.
  • These dates show the lab completed during the lab time.. Ask your instructor for the deadlines for lab completions your section.

Jump to current lab. See more assignment instructions on the Instructions page.

Lab Day
M1 Day Section
Lab Day
M6 Night Section
Mall EV3 Robots
Assignment to Submit
Week 1:
F Jan 30
Week 1:
M Jan 26

bullet1 Lab A Lego Teams (30 pts)
Teams be prepared to present and demo your lego creations on the due date.

PDF fileSorting Overview EV3 Kit. Put the parts in the proper areas of the tray. This will make building much faster in the future.

PDF fileParts List. See EV3 User Guide, parts list starts on page 64. You need to know the names of the parts.

Word doc Hall of Fame Spring 2015 Lab A documentation by Travis Irby


Week 2:
F Feb 6
Week 2:
M Feb 2

bullet1 Lab B Build Robot
PDF fileTeam Roles handout
EV3 Mindstorms
Click the above image for EV3 Curriculum in Mall 109 Lab local installation.
From Dublin campus, go to Lab Software Drive, then Lego EV3 Curriculum, select index.html to start.

Web EV3 Curriculum Preview from Carnegie Melon University

Word doc Hall of Fame! Lab documentation by Cody Moler. Please follow this example for maximum points.

Week 3:
F Feb 13

Note: NRCC opened at 10

Week 3:
M Feb 9

bullet1 Lab 1 Moving Straight
1. Big Ideas
2. Using the Software
3. Moving Straight - Sensabot Challenge

PDF file1 Moving Straight Reflection (complete and submit)

Hall of Fame! Mehdi Himmiche of Team 4

Note to Instructors: Use paper mats for the Sensabot challenge

Week 4:
F Feb 20

Note: NRCC opened at 10

Week 4:
M Feb 16

bullet1 Lab 2 Turning (Motors, Move Steering)
-- Orchard Challenge

PDF file2 Turning Reflection (complete and submit)

Hall of Fame! Documentation Winston Bond of Team 7
Reflection by Travis Irby of Team 3

Note to Instructors: Set up the Orchard Challenge track with electrical tape in advance.

Week 5:
F Feb 27

Note: NRCC opened at 10


Week 5:
M Feb 23

bullet1 Lab 3 Move Until Touch (Touch Sensor)
-- Arm Position Challenge
PDF file3 Move Until Touch Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructors: Set up the Vacuum bumper and Arm Position tracks in advance.

torc logoCheck out local Robotics company in Blacksburg.

Week 6:
F Mar 6

Note: NRCC closed 03/06

Postponed to
W Mar 18

Week 6:
M Mar 2

bullet1 Lab 4 Move Until Near (Ultrasonic Sensor)
-- Maze Challenge
PDF file4 Move Until Near Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructors: Use classroom walls for the Back until Far Mini-Challenge. Set up the Maze Challenge with iPad covers or looseleaf binders in advance.

Helpful Tip: In your documentation include what each program does in addition to who did it. Also document the program name on your robot to make it faster to demo.

Spring Break   Monday March 9 - Friday March 13, 2015
Week 7:
F Mar 20
Week 7:
M Mar 16

bullet1 Lab 6 Move Until Color (Color Sensor)
-- Traffic Lights Challenge
PDF file6 Color Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructors: Note to Instructors: Use paper mats with 3 black lines for the Traffic Lights Challenge. One of these lines may be used for the Railroad Mini Challenge.

Week 8:
F Mar 27
Week 8:
M Mar 23
bullet1 Lab 7 Loops (Patterns of Behavior)
-- Container Handling Challenge
PDF file7 Loops Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructor: Supply a square cardboard box for the square loop mini challenges. You may reuse the Lab 4 Maze Challenge board for the loading zone for the Container Challenge.
Week 9:
F Apr 3
Week 9:
M Mar 30

bullet1 Lab 8 Switches (Conditional Reasoning)
-- Strawberry Plant Challenge
PDF file8 Switches Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructors: Construct a maze using a wall and boxes. Students will construct colored boxes from Legos for the strawberries.

Warning: This is a long lab. Be prepared to demo Mini Challenges Color Sensor Compare Switch, Color Name Reader, and Smarter Decisions Challenge next week. You will have another week to demo the Strawberry Sorting Challenge.

Week 10:
F Apr 10
Week 10:
M Apr 6

Finish Lab 8 if you haven't already. Luckily Lab 9 is much shorter than Lab 8.

bullet1 Lab 9 Switch-Loops (Obstacle Detection)
-- Obstacle Orchard Challenge
PDF file9 Switch Loops Reflection (complete and submit)

Note to Instructors: Use the setup from Lab #2 Orchard Challenge for the Obstacle Orchard Challenge this week.

Week 11:
F Apr 17
Week 11:
M Apr 13

bullet1 Lab 10 Line Follower (Color Sensor)
-- Follow the Track
PDF file10 Line Follower Reflection (complete and submit)
Note to Instructors: Need to design a track.

torc logoCheck out TORC's drive-by-wire system for Kinze Autonomous Grain Cart System used in farming.

Week 12:
F Apr 24
Week 12:
M Apr 20

bullet1 Lab 11 Final Challenge
-- Search and Rescue Challenge
Note to Instructors: Need to design the 4 rooms.
PDF file 11 Trash Engineering Reflection


Week 13:
F May 1
Week 13:
M Apr 27

bullet Lab 12 New Robot Final Project
No Reflection PDF for this lab.

Last change to complete Spring 2015 Track Sheet and Unofficial Transcript Assignment!

Week 14:
F May 8
Week 14:
M May 4
Present Lab 12 Robots to entire class
Pack up Robot Kits carefully. Leave a note for the Spring semester team in your box.
Week 15:

Final Exams
Check with your instructor to determine your exam time.

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Last Update: March 18, 2015