The Junior Exceeders curriculum is designed to introduce robotics to children ages 6 to 8 years old using Lego motors, sensors and bricks, programmed using a user-friendly graphical software installed on IPADs. Each lesson presents simplified concepts in engineering, biology or physics, after which students are guided to build and program a specific robot. The investigation portion of the class teaches the presented concepts through experimentation, using their built and programmed robots.
Lesson topics of the first Junior course include speed and time, force and friction, animal metamorphosis, space exploration, etc. In the following course, students are guided to build and program their own custom robots relating to a particular lesson, unleashing their creativity and expanding their knowledge base. The third and following series of courses use a more complex robotics platform (LEGO EV3 Mindstorms) with additional types of sensors and motors. With a more advanced robot and programming software, more advanced projects are assigned throughout courses JR400-JR600.
JR101: Junior Exceeders I
Concepts are learned effectively through experimentation. As an example, to teach the concept of speed and time, students build and program a race car to count the number of seconds the car takes to finish the race when small versus large tires are installed. This experiment teaches students that larger tires could be used to increase speed and complete the race faster.
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JR102: Junior Exceeders II
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JR103: Junior Exceeders III
JR104: Junior Exceeders IV
JR105: Junior Exceeders V
JR106: Junior Exceeders VI