Materials List: Thinking Robotics:
Teaching Robots to Make Decisions

Each group needs:

To share with the entire class:

  • a computer and robot kit with software (like that listed above) plus a projector and Internet access, for the teacher's use to show the class his/her computer screen and perform steps together, and to show the class online YouTube videos
  • flashlight
  • roll of electrical tape
  • obstacle course for the final activity; requires approximately 8 x 4 ft floor area; see example maze in Figure 2; make it from any available materials, however we recommend using standard 2 x 4 wooden boards, small steel angle brackets with unthreaded screw holes and flat-head wood screws; this approach requires four 8 x 2 x 4 boards, 10 angle brackets (~2 inches wide x 1 inch for each flat surface) and 40 screws (0.75 inch-long wood screws); see the Procedure section for more details
  • (optional but strongly recommended) extra hardware and extra electrical components in case students lose or break the parts in their kits; see a complete list of components in the Boe-Bot kits at the Parallax, Inc. website; it is beneficial to have extras of all parts, however, we highly recommend having, at a minimum, extras of the following items: resistors (220 Ω, 470 Ω, 1 kΩ, 4.7 kΩ, 10 kΩ), capacitors (0.1 μF, 0.01 μF), infrared LEDs, phototransistors, 3-pin headers and whisker wires