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Rockwell Automation Lab

Every inventor needs a place to tinker. The Rockwell Automation Lab has the workspace and equipment for exploration of electricity, robotics, and mechanical design. From creating experiments in circuitry and breadboarding to investigations of robotics and its relationship to the natural world, it’s available in this state-of-the-art workshop.

PLCs & Motor Control

2 hrs
Requires at least a 4-week notice
Technology, Engineering, Automation

Explore the basics of the PLC (programmable logic circuit) – the workhorse of modern automation. Use training kits developed by Rockwell Automation to write a microprocessor program to start, stop, and control the speed of a motor. This experience is co-led by an engineer from Rockwell Automation.

Max 20 students per session. 

DPI Standards:
Science: B.12.5
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PST1.d.9.h
Technology and Engineering: EL4.a.5.m, EL3.a.5.h. EL4.a.13.h, EL6.a.6.h
PLCs & Traffic Lights

2 hrs
Requires at least a 4-week notice
Technology, Engineering, Automation

Explore the basics of the PLC (programmable logic circuit) – the workhorse of modern automation. Use training kits developed by Rockwell Automation to write a microprocessor program to control the lights at a traffic intersection. This experience is co-led by an engineer from Rockwell Automation.

Max 20 students per session. 

DPI Standards:
Science: B.12.5
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PST1.d.9.h
Technology and Engineering: EL4.a.5.m, EL3.a.5.h. EL4.a.13.h, EL6.a.6.h
Applied Sensors

2 hrs
Technology, Mechanics

Explore the world of sensory input. Create circuits to demonstrate how engineers make use of compass, light, ultrasonic, and other sensors to design components and everyday items.

Max 20 students per session. 

DPI Standards:
Technology and Engineering: BB1.a.6.h, BB1.e.5.h, EL3.a.8.h
Intro to Pneumatic Control

2 hrs
Engineering, Robotics, Mechanic

Students will learn the parts of a pneumatic circuit, examine how the action of “grasping” happens in nature, and build a robotic grasping tool powered by pressure.

Max 20 students per session. 

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: K.12.3, L.12.4
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PST1.h.5.h, PSt1.s.9.h
Technology and Engineering: BB1.d.7.h
Wireless Power

90 min
Physics, Electricity, Tesla

Sound, pictures, music, and data all travel through the air, but what about electricity? Investigate Tesla’s wireless power theory and learn how today’s scientists are still trying to catch up to the ideas of this 19th century genius.

DPI Standards:
Science: G.12.4
Technology and Engineering: ICT1.h.9.h, EL2.a.10.h
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PST1.q.8.h, PST1.q.7.h
Next Generation Standards Addressed: HS-PS4-5, HS-PS2-5, HS-PS3-5
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