First Lego League ACARA Unit

I’m getting a head start with the new season of First Lego League by incorporating the Game challenge into Digital Technologies and STEM for year 8. This has resources for the 2019 challenge, but can very easily be updated for 2020 and beyond. I have tried to make it about designing algorithms with pseudocode, as much as possible, so that any coding IDE can be used. At the moment, it uses MakeCode and I plan on updating it to the new scratch-like EV3 Classroom when it is available.

Please access the OneNote file or the PDF.


VEX IQ Challenge Unit

I have just finished writing a Unit of Work targeted at the Vex IQ Challenge. This is using the ACARA standards, but could easily be mapped to others. It also incorporates some Agile Project Management skills.

The PDF version is embedded below, but the onenote version can be accessed via the DigTech link above.


Robot Build Ideas for RoboCup Junior Australia Rescue Line Competition, using LEGO

RoboCup Junior Australia Rescue Line

RoboCup Junior Australia is a project-oriented educational initiative that supports local, regional and international robotic events for young students. The main difference between this and many other robot competitions is that it is platform independent and doesn’t require you to use a particular technology. That said, I will discuss the use of LEGO to build robots.
1.1.2 Primary Rescue Line: The robot must navigate to the scene, find and rescue the Victim by pushing or dragging (control) the Victim out of the chemical spill.
1.1.3 Secondary Rescue Line: The robot must navigate to the chemical spill and rescue the Victim by controlling the Victim and then maneuvering and leaving it outside of the chemical spill in its original orientation. The robot must then save itself by exiting the chemical spill via the ‘Spill Access Point’. [ Official RCJA Rescue Line Rules 2019 (KBTC).pdf]

The Problem Solving Process

This article is part of a series of articles around integrating Robocup into the curriculum. I will solve the problem of building a robot that satisfies the needs and requirements of the Robocup Junior Australia Rescue Line Competition, using part of the process below. If you want to link my solution to assessment, see Robotics Education Scope and Sequence 5-8