Day-long LEGO® robotics field trips are offered to students in elementary and middle school to expose them to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) through the exciting multidisciplinary application of robotics. During the field trip, students design robots using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics kits, learn how to program the robot's motors to move in a predefined way, experience how robots experience their environment through the use of sensors and use the sensor inputs to determine the robot's behavior. They will also apply their math skills and will gain important 21st-century skills, including problem-solving, team work, time and project management, and communication skills. Field trips are instructed by TTU engineering students.
Depending on the students' age and prior background in robotics, the following field trip options are offered:
Field trips are offered by appointment only and outside of the TTU fall and spring semesters and are contingent on instructors' availability. Available dates are displayed on the sign-up form. Field trips typically start at 9 am and end at 3 pm with a 1h lunch break. Times are flexible to accommodate your schedule.
The maximum class size is 45 students from grades 3-8. Preferably students are from the same grade level. Students need to be accompanied by 1-2 teachers, who are expected to participate in the field trip and guide students to accomplish the tasks. Due to classroom size restrictions, only a very limited number of parents can attend. The morning and afternoon session are separated by a 1h lunch break. Participants are responsible for their own lunch (bring lunch bags, order pizza, eat at the Student Union or a neighboring restaurant). Participants are also responsible to organize their own transportation.
Whitacre College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Tanja Karp
Electrical and Computer Engineering