Lab Assignments

Fall 2014 Instructions

Q: Where do I find the assignments?

  • Hands-on Lab assignments will be posted on this 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 due dates are for the M1 section. Ask your instructor for the deadlines for your section.

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Lab Day
Mall EV3 Robots
Assignment to Submit
Week 1:
F Aug 29

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 Good example Lab documentation by Cody Moler. Please follow this example.

Week 2:
F Sep 5

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

Week 3:
F Sep 12

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)

Note to Instructors: Use paper mats for the Sensabot challenge

Week 4:
F Sep 19

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

PDF file2 Turning Reflection (complete and submit)

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

Week 5:
F Sep 26

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 Oct 3

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 books or looseleaf binders in advance.

Week 7:
F Oct 10

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

Fall Break Wednesday October 15 - Friday Oct 17
Week 8:
F Oct 24
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 Oct 31

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 Nov 7

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 Nov 14

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 Nov 21

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


Monday Nov 24 - Friday Nov 28
Week 13:
F Dec 5

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 Dec 12
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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