Instructor: Mr. Fred Urquhart; [email protected] (386)968-0013 ext. 46269
This course provides students with extended content and skills essential to the design and operation of robotic systems, including artificial intelligence, specialized sensors, electronic applications, engineering technologies, environmental physics, manufacturing, topographical considerations, programming, communications, simulation and modeling, and critical thinking skills. Students will demonstrate the approaches, challenges, and problem-solving methodologies involved with integrating artificial intelligence into robotic systems. The student will be able to describe the role of specialized sensors in the design and operation of robotic systems. Students will demonstrate an understanding in the use of specialized electronic applications used in robotic systems. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of engineering technologies impacted by the evolution of robotics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles of environmental physics related to robotic technology and its subsequent impact on the manufacturing process. Students will demonstrate an understanding of topographical and environmental considerations in robotic assembly design. The student will build, program, and configure a robotic mechanism to perform predetermined tasks. They will demonstrate an understanding of technologies for communication with and among robotic systems. They will solve problems using critical thinking skills, creativity, and innovation. The student will demonstrate an understanding of static and dynamic modeling and simulation concepts related to the design of robotic systems. They will be able to use oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas. The student will be able to describe the roles within teams, work units, departments, organizations, inter-organizational systems and the larger environment. They can describe the importance of professional ethics and legal responsibilities.
- Current events via technology education magazines and technology websites
- PITSCO Education introduction to EV3 and TETRIX
- Simulated real-world technology projects that are aligned with State standards
- AutoDesk Inventor and National Instruments LabView programs
- “FIRST” Robotics model engaging in the “FTC” and “FRC” Challenges locally, regionally, and internationally. The U.S.Naval Research Institute’s “SeaPerch” program
- Engineer’s Notebook:
You are expected to provide and keep an Engineer’s notebook. For this class, we are using a composition book with graph lined pages. The book can be purchased at Office Depot for approximately $2.
- Pen and #2 pencils
- 4 GB Flash Drive
***$20 - LAB FEE*** An ANNUAL $20.00 LAB FEE is required at the beginning of the first quarter. Failure to pay the lab fee by October 15th will result in an obligation letter being added to the student's file preventing them from graduating or buying Homecoming tickets, Prom tickets, etc...Please consult the "Letter to Families" at the end of this document for more information.
Grading Policy: Pursuant to the District’s new grading policy formative assessments will be worth 40% of your quarterly grade, and summative assessments will be 60% of your quarterly grade. County Grading Scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), I (working towards proficiency) and F (below 60). Using the edmodo.com program I simplify by dropping 1 digit so A(9-10), B(8), C(7), D(6),F(5)
Be polite, be prompt, be prepared, and be productive. As a student at University HS you are expected to follow all school rules. If UHS rules are broken, consequences will follow.
Do Not Handle, Operate or Touch Equipment without Specific Permission from me.
School Announcements - No matter what is going on in class, you must be quiet for announcements.
No food or drinks are allowed to be consumed during class. No gum chewing is allowed on the UHS campus.
Absences – It is your responsibility to obtain the work you missed in the event of an absence. Check with me on the day you return to school to get your make-up work. If you know you will be absent in advance, ask for your work before you go. Make-up work must be turned in in the same time allotment as the original assignment.
Factors for Success
We will maximize our opportunities for success by agreeing to the following:
- If you do not understand something, let me know by raising a hand, writing a note, sending an e-mail or making a phone call.
- You are ultimately responsible for your own learning. I cannot make you do anything if you really do not want to do it. It is up to YOU.
- Come to class prepared to learn. This includes paper, pencil, notebook, a willing attitude, etc. I want you to be successful.
Lab Safety Rules
No student may work in the laboratory without an instructor, or lab supervisor present in the room. Experiments must be personally monitored at all times, with supervision present, using proper learned safety techniques during a safety orientation.
Use equipment only for its designated purpose. If not assigned to use equipment, ask permission.
Do not sit on laboratory tables.
Safety goggles/glasses must be worn any time when any lab work is being conducted by anyone in the room. UHS requires ANSI Z87 glasses.
Appropriate gloves must be worn whenever working with hazardous chemicals or heat.
Return any and all lab materials to their proper place after use.
Students should remain in their corresponding spaces after cleanup until the final bell. Lining up at the door should not occur. Instructors will dismiss classes based on lab cleanup norms.
Do not crowd or distract anyone who is working on machinery and equipment. Observe rules concerning operator’s safety zones.
Keep bench, cabinet and locker drawers closed.
In the event of a spill, notify the teacher immediately and clean up properly and promptly.
When using scissors, knives, and other sharp instruments, always carry with tips and points pointing down and away. Always cut away from your body. Never try to catch falling sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments only by the handles. Only use sharp instruments for their intended usage.
Examine glassware before each use. Never handle broken glass with your bare hands. Use a brush and dustpan to clean up broken glass.
Never force glassware or tools. Always use proper techniques. When needed use proper protective hardware.
All chemicals and paints in the laboratory are to be considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, or smell any chemicals unless specifically instructed to do so. The proper technique for smelling chemical fumes will be demonstrated to you.
Handle flammable hazardous liquids over a pan to contain spills. Never dispense flammable liquids anywhere near an open flame or source of heat.
Never remove chemicals or paints or other materials from the laboratory area without permission.
Place oily rags and other combustible materials in a covered metal container.
When removing an electrical plug from its socket, grasp the plug, not the electrical cord. Hands must be completely dry before touching an electrical tool, switch, plug, or outlet.
Report damaged electrical equipment immediately. Look for things such as frayed cords, exposed wires, and loose connections. Do not use damaged electrical equipment.
Exercise extreme caution when using a gas burner or welding torch. Take care that hair, clothing and hands are a safe distance from the flame at all times. Do not put any substance into the flame unless specifically instructed to do so. Never reach over an exposed flame. Light gas (or alcohol) burners only as instructed by the teacher.
Never leave a lit burner or turned on welding equipment unattended. Never leave anything that is being heated or is visibly reacting unattended. Always turn off when not in use.
Heated metals and glass remain very hot for a long time. They should be set aside to cool and picked up with caution. Use tongs or heat-protective gloves if necessary.
Never look into a container that is being heated. Never look into a welding torch, or area without proper protective eye care.
Use proper heat gloves when using welders and heated items.
PRINT AND SIGN FROM HERE DOWN, DELIVER SIGNED SECTION TO ME IN CLASS.
Letter to Families
Dear Titan Families,
Welcome to the Simulation and Robotics S.T.E.M. Academy! S.T.E.M. Academy goals and expectations are different than in most courses. They are designed to challenge students, so please encourage your student to attend class every day and study at home when possible.
Your child may be enrolled in this course, but not part of the S.T.E.M. Academy. If this is the case, I strongly recommend that you and your child consider joining a S.T.E.M. Academy. If you would like more information, please contact me or your child’s guidance counselor.
Hands-on science is an expensive endeavor. S.T.E.M. students work with chemicals and supplies used in industry and college laboratories. The estimated cost for the course is approximately $100 per student. In an effort to provide the best experience possible, I am asking each student enrolled for the small amount of $20.00. Please make your payment online at uhstitans.com to CF Robotics.
You play a vital role in your child’s success. I would like to consider you as a partner and welcome your help and insights concerning your child’s education. I encourage you to track your child’s progress on the school’s online grade book. Please feel free to contact me if you are unfamiliar with how to use GradeBook.
I also encourage you and your child to consider joining the Academy’s co-curricular organization, the U.S.FIRST Robotics Competition Team. The Team competes on a local, national and international level. We have other Robotics Competition teams that engage in a variety of challenges and competitions throughout the school year. Being an active member of the team promotes the development of leadership and communication skills that will benefit students throughout life. There are multiple opportunities for students, including grants and scholarships.
If you wish to contact me, please do so via e-mail ([email protected]). If e-mail is not available to you, please call the school’s main number (386-968-0013) and leave a message. I will respond as quickly as possible. Also, please fill out the information on the previous page. This will be kept for my records.
Frederic C. Urquhart, Jr.