All for Joomla All for Webmasters

Hour of Code 2017

Hour of Code 2017

Welcome to FIRST Robotics Canada’s workshops presented on behalf of Ontario’s Ministry of Education for the “Hour of Code” week.

Workshop #1:

EV3 Programming Basics

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Audience: Teachers and students with little or no programming background in the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software.

Register

Topic:

Want to learn about the LEGO EV3 robot and how to get it moving?

In this 45 minute webinar, FIRST Robotics Canada will demonstrate straight forward ways to program the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 controller to get your robot moving effectively.  Christy Xie, a student on an Ontario FIRST LEGO League team will be on the webinar teaching the coding live.   By the end of this training, students and teachers will be able to program their EV3 Robot to move forward and turn, and to use the Touch Sensor, the Ultrasonic Sensor, and the Colour Sensor to navigate basic movements.  The demonstration will be live and questions will be openly entertained at the end of the training.

 

Requirements/Recommendations:

It is highly recommended that participants have access to a computer with the EV3 Mindstorms software installed on it (a free download here) and ideally have an EV3 robot built with sensors attached (for instructions on what to build, please see the EV3 building manual that also came with your EV3 robot and add the touch sensor, the ultra-sonic sensor [looks like a set of eyes], and the light sensor).  Having this pre-built for the webinar will allow you to follow along with the programming and then download and test the code on your robot.  Here’s a picture of what you’ll need.

 

It is also recommended that a projector be used to show the webinar to the class on a big screen while the students work in small groups with a laptop and a robot per group.  This way, participants can build their program with the instructor.

More Details

An opportunity for Q&A will follow the presentation (the student participating will present in English but be able to answer questions in either French or English after the presentation concludes).

 

Instructor Bio:

Christy Xie is a grade 10 IB student studying at Toronto French School. She has a strong passion for robotics and coding. Her FLL team ROC where she is the team captain, won the Champion award at the FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship, UK, 2017. On Weekends, she works as a youth coach at Dr X Workshop, coaching FLL teams and young learners computer coding, robot design and programming. She also coached at the FLL York Region Kickoff training and various other FLL events.

Dave Ellis is the Director of FIRST LEGO League in Ontario, has coached a FIRST LEGO League team for many years, and is a Toronto District School Board teacher.

Workshop #2:

EV3 Curriculum Connections

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Audience: Teachers interested in integrating the EV3 building/programming into their daily teaching while being able to assess Ontario curriculum expectations

Register

Topic:

Are you wanting to use the EV3 in your classroom but don’t have the time to make curriculum connections so you can assess the work done? Look no further!

In this half hour webinar, FIRST Robotics Canada will highlight EV3-related classroom activities that match to the Ontario Curriculum for students in Grades 4 through 8. These are all freely available for them to use in the classroom with complete lesson plans and blackline masters.  Logics Academy has worked with FIRST Canada to develop this series of lessons and will also take part in the webinar.  These sequential lessons allow the teacher to meet many Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations while training kids to participate on a  FIRST LEGO League team in their classroom.

More Details

Links to the free download of the repository of lessons will be provided at the end of the presentation. Teachers that have received Mindstorms EV3 kits as part of the recent CODE grant will be interested to attend this session and see how these kits can easily and effectively be used in their classrooms to meet curriculum expectations in an engaging 21st Century experiential way.  An opportunity for Q&A will follow the presentation.

Presenter Bios:

Dave Ellis is the Director of FIRST LEGO League in Ontario, has coached a FIRST LEGO League team for many years, and is a Toronto District School Board teacher.

Ramy Ghattas is the Co-Owner of Logics Academy.