A step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to master LEGO Robotics. Start building and programming awesome robots that do exactly what YOU want them to! Created by a professional robotics teacher and two-time FIRST LEGO League world champion.
Learn the secrets to building robots that drive straight and operate reliably. With proven strategies from a world champion, you'll be building killer robots in no time!
Learn by watching AND by doing. Follow along as Michael designs, builds, programs, tests, and troubleshoots his robots, explaining his thought process as he goes. Learn to think like the master... understand the WHY, not just the HOW.
Quickly create programs that accomplish FLL missions reliably and efficiently. Michael's streamlined demos and walkthroughs teach you everything you need to know.
"These videos are genius. I've learned so much and this is my 6th year coaching." -Megan
[My son] has always been great with LEGO, but now he's starting to talk like a little inventor. I'm always hearing about tests and prototypes." -Crystal
"I manage the robotics program at [private elementary school]. This course is remarkably thorough and easy to follow. I no longer have to worry that the kids will know more than me!" -Ron
"I took a chance with this curriculum and I couldn't be happier with the result. We have a wide age range [at robotics club], so I was worried some of the lectures wouldn't land. It was great. Michael's explanations are straightforward but also very deep, so there's something for everyone. I was jealous that the kids got to build everything!" -Jeanette
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Each module contains a series of engaging video demonstrations and tutorials along with additional resources such as EV3 programming files and LEGO Digital Designer files. Michael does not suggest specific strategies/ideas for solving 2018 "Into Orbit" mission challenges. This is primarily for ethical reasons, as it's important that your students develop their own ideas for solving the FLL missions after learning from the methods and tools contained herein. The added benefit is that the curriculum is not tied to a specific challenge year and will be just as useful to you next year.
|Module 1||Key Concepts and Strategies|
|Best Practices for LEGO Implement Design|
|Winning Strategies (Navigation, Mission Prioritization, Etc.)|
|Best Practices for Chassis Design|
|Module 2||Mechanical Design and Testing|
|Mechanical Alignment: The Ultimate Success Strategy|
|Efficient and Effective: Testing Strategies|
|Module 3||Advanced Robot Base/Chassis Design and Construction|
|Drivetrain Design, Friction, "Free Wheels", and Optimal Weight Distribution|
|Module 4||Intro to EV3 Programming|
|Michael's Mission Programming Method|
|Basic EV3 Programming Overview and Orientation|
|Module 5||Intermediate EV3 Programming Techniques|
|Using Sensors Effectively|
|Using Math Blocks and Variable Blocks (with Data Wires)|
|Module 6||More Mechanical Design Concepts|
|Designing and Using Ratchet Mechanisms|
|Designing and Using a "One-Way Door"|
|Analysis/Dissection of World-Class Robots|
|Module 7||Expert-Level EV3 Programming Concepts and Techniques|
|Building "Smart Turn" Subroutines for Precision Navigation|
|Anticipating Program Failures and Building in "Fail Safe" Algorythms|
|Organizing your Programs and Streamlining your Process|
|Prepping for Tech Judging (advice from a World-Level Tech Judge)|
|Module 8||Tutorials in Response to Student Questions|
|Using Gyro Sensors, etc.|
|FREE BONUS||The Art and Science of Robot Handling|
|Michael’s “Zen Robot Handling” Method|
|Demonstrations and walkthroughs of successful robot handler pairs|