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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.

Intro to Robotic Programming

60 min
Computer Science, Technology

Discover how robots interpret information while reacting to their surroundings. Students write and install programs that help a LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robot to travel and navigate.

Max 20 students per session. 

DPI Standards:
Technology and Engineering: BB1.c.2.m, EL3.a.4.m
Business and Information Technology: PR1.b.3.m
Intermediate Robotic Programming

60 min
Computer Science, Technology

Take introductory robotic programming skills to the next level. Students learn how to use loops, switches, and multiple sensors to write and install programs that help a robot to navigate an obstacle course.

This class may be combined with Intro to Robotic Programming to form a 90-minute combined experience.

Max 20 students per session. Prior knowledge or experience is required. 

DPI Standards:
Technology and Engineering: BB1.c.2.m, EL3.a.2.m
Business and Information Technology: PR1.b.3.m
Applied Robotic Programming

60 min
Automation, Industry Techniques

Explore how robots are used in real-world applications such as automation and assembly. Use sensors and logic commands to operate a simulated production line.

DPI Standards:
Technology and Engineering: BB1.c.2.m, BB1.e.3.m, EL3.a.2.m, EL3.a.4.m
Business and Information Technology: PR1.b.3.m
Advanced Electronics

60 min
Electrical Engineering, Technology

Use electrical circuit breadboards, multi-meters, and other electronic tools to explore electronic circuit design. By building and testing circuits, students will understand how electricity powers the world around us.

Max 20 students per session. Prior experience with circuits and basic electronics is preferred.

DPI Standards:
Science: D.8.8
Technology and Engineering: BB1.d.2.m, EL2.a.7.m
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: MS-PS2-3, MS-PS3-2
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:
Social Studies: B.8.7, B.8.8
Science: D.8.8, D.8.9
Technology and Engineering: ICT1.h.5.m
Gears in Motion

2 hrs
Mathematics, Engineering, Movement

Explore how gears are used in everyday objects – from bicycles and cars to clocks and DVD players. Work with gears, gear rotations, and gear ratios to build a simple drive train and propel a model vehicle.

DPI Standards:
Common Core Math: 7.RP.2
Technology and Engineering: BB1.c.3.m
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PST1.g.3.m
PLCs & Motor Control

2 hrs
Requires at least a 4-week notice
7th Grade+
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
7th Grade+
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
Intro to Pneumatic Control

2 hrs
7th-8th Grade only
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
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