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Robotics Careers

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Welcome to the Exploring Robotics class wiki page. We will use this page in class to link to various resources. In addition, some of the class assignments will be posted here if you are interested in working on them at home. Material will be posted as we cover it and the most recent will be at the top. For the class syllabus, see Mr. Howard's teacher page.


We use Lego Mindstorms introduce you to a variety of concepts and skills, including: introductory computer programming, object-based programming, project design and planning, group work, engineering, and working with your hands. You will have the opportunity to complete multiple robotics investigations involving inquiry and guided research, problem solving, working in teams, and documentation as they investigate how robots make decisions and navigate their environment.

> For a general introduction, building instructions, Internet links, other resources, and video tutorials, see our wiki's Lego Robotics page.


Our main curriculum is the NXT Video Trainer 2.0. This multimedia curriculum designed to teach behavior-based programming using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Software. In a classroom or workshop setting, it is also designed to act as the teacher’s assistant, driving primary instruction with over 70 short videos, animations, and built-in Check Your Understanding questions that allow learners to work at their own pace.

The curriculum is also available online at http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/previews/nxt_products/nxt_video_trainer2/



Interested in Robotics as a Career? 

Most engineers in the industry have a college degree in engineering, computer science, or a related field. There are some exceptions, but these lucky few have found some other way to get the hiring companies attention (like building an award winning robot). You'll want to plan on college.

But which college? Here are some ideas:

List of Top Robotics Engineering Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Best Colleges For Robotics Engineering (UT Austin is included)

List of Colleges that offer degree in Robotic Engineering (UT Austin is included in this list as well)



Robot Building Guides

(All good base robots for challenges)


Programming Practice

  • Blocky - Blockly is a web-based, graphical programming editor. Users can drag blocks together to build an application. No typing required. In this challenge, you use Blocky to solve a maze.
  • Light Bot - Artificial Intelligence is hard to program. Not every bot ever created can maneuver and function on its own. Rather, some bots run along a path that the programmer presets for them for various situations. Your job is to light up all the blue tiles in the factory by the commands you issue to Light-Bot
  • Light-Bot 2 - Let's take it up a notch! 
  • RoboZZle - A social puzzle game. Control the robot through increasingly difficult levels. Learn the basics of programming


Ideas for Projects


Lists of Pieces (including gears)




Example Project/Programs:



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