Learning Java Robot Unit
Learn Java in a fun and engaging way with robots and sensors! This unit consists of three lessons to progressively teach Java while building fun projects with GrovePi, Raspberry Pi & sensors. It requires no prior programming knowledge and was designed for AP Computer Science A prep.
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Objective: Encourage students to learn Java and prepare them for the AP Computer Science A exam.
This Unit consists of 3 Lessons:
- Turning on the LED: In this lesson, we’re going to set up the hardware and software to create an application that makes an LED connected to a GrovePi light whenever a button is pressed.
- Automatic Night Light: In this lesson, we’re going to set up the hardware and software to create a night light application. This application will make a light automatically come on as the room gets darker. In addition, the brightness of the light can be set to any custom level.
- Making a Metronome: In this module, you’re going to create a simple application that mimics the behavior of a metronome. More specifically, you’re going to create a simple metronome that displays its current BPM on an LCD screen, plays the beats using a buzzer, and controls the BPM using an angle sensor.
Each Lesson includes the following elements:
- Background information & resource links (some to share with students & some for teachers)
- Introductory questions & information to share with the students
- Step-by-step procedure for the project
- Student handouts, charts
- Closure exercises
Time Requirement: 1 hour per lesson
Recommended Grades: High School AP CS
Main Audience: Classroom, Camps, After School Programs, Meetups, Makerspace, Inventors, Hackers
This lesson comes in the form of a one-time downloadable PDF with a license for 1 classroom. If you are interested in using this lesson school-wide or district-wide, please contact us for that pricing at DexterEd (at) dexterindustries.com.
What else will I need that does not come with this curriculum?
For purchases of 5 or more robots, please see our GrovePi Classroom Kit.
- GrovePi Base Kit
- Raspberry Pi (works with any version of the Raspberry Pi)
- microSD Card (You can use your own SD Card or purchase one from us and install the Raspbian for Robots software.)
- Ethernet Cable
- Power Wall Adapter
Get all the hardware together in the Hardware Kit for Learning Java Robot Unit.
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