Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering and Mobile Robots Pathway

A new pathway for K-12 from Exploring Robotics 

Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionizing our world, and the technicians and engineers who understand them are in high demand. IoT is not only creating new devices for home systems but is also redefining industrial control systems, traffic systems, health systems, self-driving vehicles, and many others. It is predicted that almost every industry in the US will soon be affected by IoT. Exploring Robotics uses fun robots to teach the computer languages, microcontrollers and electronics that are the basic job skills in IoT engineering. Your classes will fill up fast with this program!

This pathway provides skills that prepare students for Computer Science careers and to become the technicians or engineers who are creating and supporting Smart devices for homes, medicine, and industry as part of IoT. It provides the background skills needed to pursue STEM careers by focusing not only on robots, but also the microcontroller programming languages most often used in IoT systems: Basic, Python, and C. Students also learn the fundamentals of electronics with various kits and these microcontrollers: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ATmega, Propeller, and Basic Stamp.

The mobile robots in the pathway mimic the features of those used in warehouses, factories, security, hospitals, and NASA. Students gain necessary knowledge and skills to control and operate them. Another major part of engineering is building prototypes using 3D printers.  A humanoid robot with 18 motors and 3D printable parts introduces those concepts. Students also learn aerodynamics and hydrodynamics principles with a drone. The amazing modular Airblock drone not only flies but also operates on land and water when it is assembled as a hovercraft, and it is safe for indoor use.  

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Grades K-5 (Elementary) Courses:

Grades 6-8 (Middle School) Courses:

Grades 9-12 (High School) Courses:

Students will learn:

  • Smart Home and IoT Technologies
  • Engineering Design and Inventing
  • Microcontrollers: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, ATmega
  • CS Programming: Scratch, Blockly, Basic, Python, and C
  • Controlling sensors, motors, digital and analog devices
  • Interfacing to tablets, cell-phones, and mobile devices
  • Networks, data transmission and analytics
  • Electronics and cybersecurity fundamentals
  • Motors and motor control systems
  • Robotics and mechanical systems
  • Reading schematic diagrams and building DC Circuits
  • Bread-boarding, troubleshooting, & systems thinking
  • Mobile Robots and Real World Applications

Degree Programs and Certifications

The courses in this pathway will assist the student in preparing for the following degree programs and certification examinations, national assessments, or licensure examinations.

 Degree Programs:

 Electrical Engineering

 Electronic Engineering

 Computer Science

 Computer Engineering

 Software Engineering

 Information Technology

 Mechatronics Engineering

 Certifications:

 Student Electronics Technician (SET) Exam (ETA International eta-i.org)

 Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) Examination (ISCET.org)

 Electronics Module-EM1: DC Exam (ETA International eta-i.org)

 Electronics Module-EM4: Digital Exam (ETA International eta-i.org)

 College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+ cae.org)

 AP Computer Science Principles Exam (collegeboard.org)


Career Ready Practices

clip image018In each course students are challenged with real-world scenarios and projects.  To complete the projects they must work in teams, communicate, think critically, act responsibly, apply academics, conduct research, and use technology.  These career-ready practices help to prepare them to enter the workforce or succeed in College.The engineering design cycle is used to design new devices and modify existing ones to serve new purposes.  With robots and coding, students must use critical thinking to make sense of problems and solve them.  Often things don’t go as planned, so they must persevere and iterate new designs and solutions. Students gain confidence by practicing necessary skills and also learn about careers in Computer Science, Engineering, and STEM.


CTE Clusters and Pathways

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC)

* PROPOSED NEW Pathways

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster® (ST)

Engineering & Technology Career Pathway (ST-ET)
Mobile Robots and IoT Career Pathway (ST-IOT)  NEW *

Information Technology Career Cluster® (IT)

Information Support & Services Career Pathway (IT-SUP)
Programming & Software Development Career Pathway (IT-PRG)
Microcontroller Programming and IoT Career Pathway (IT-IOT)  NEW *

Manufacturing Career Cluster® (MN)

Maintenance, Installation, & Repair Career Pathway (MN-MIR)
Electronics &  Mobile Robotics Career Pathway (MN-EMR) NEW *

Fit into CTE Pathways

IOT is a new subject that combines elements of STEM and IT.  Mobile Robotics can fit within STEM or Manufacturing.The Mobile Robots and Internet of Things courses can fit into these existing CTE Clusters and Pathways: ST-ET, IT-PRG, IT-SUP, or MN-MIR (see table).When districts are free to define their own pathways, we propose that a new pathway be created in one of these 3 Career Clusters (see NEW* items in table).Districts often choose the cluster based on the best fit with the backgrounds of the teachers who are most enthused about the program.Your students can be on the cutting edge of technology and be part of the solution to improving lives for millions, while earning a high wage. Give them the chance to become Smart device programmers, technicians, or mobile robot engineers by implementing the IoT Engineering and Mobile Robotics pathway in your high school, district, or region.

Budget Friendly Features:

  • The kits are rugged and can be used for multiple classes over several years. Some have been used by schools for 5+ years.
  • All curriculum is online, video-based, self-paced lessons for terms or semesters. Lab license permits install on all computers in class and online access to curriculum by students and teachers.
  • Very minimal materials costs. Spare parts are typically less than $100 per class.  
  • Instructor PD is included via video conference – does not require teachers to travel or miss school days.
  • Technical support is included to get set up and started and to answer questions as they arise.
  • CTE and STEM funding can be used by most schools (some states require teachers to have CTE credentials to qualify for funds). Schools have also raised community funds for these programs.
  • Some schools charge students a lab fee to cover cost of robots or kits.
 

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