Learning Java Robot Unit

Learning Java Robot Unit
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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
  • Extension

Time Requirement: 1 hour per lesson


  • Java

Recommended Grades: High School AP CS

Main Audience: Classroom, Camps, After School Programs, Meetups, Makerspace, Inventors, Hackers

Self-Paced? No

What’s included:

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.

Get all the hardware together in the Hardware Kit for Learning Java Robot Unit.

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