Robotics Design 3/ Robotics Practicum Syllabus

CTE Robotics Design 3/Robotics Practicum/STEM

Matthew Santambrogio: Rm. 34, 720-423-7167

Credits: 5 per semester
Prerequisite: Acceptance into CCT Magnet and successful completion of Robotics Design 1 (C or better) and  Robotics Design 2/3 Coursework (B or better). Students who do not meet the Build Hours requirement for Robotics Design 3 will not be allowed to move into Robotics Design Practicum. Grades: 11-12

In this dynamic technology class students get to work with advanced robotics kits and components. Students learn high level programming with LabVIEW, Java and ROBOT-C and gain understanding in project management for robot construction and operation. This class is centered around the FRC Competition and as such requires serious dedication to the team (see build hours) and a strong desire be part of a competitive team.

For more information check out the FIRST website: ( where you will find out more about the competition, the industry, and the class.

$75 Lab Fee. The lab fee is for equipment used in our curriculum that is not covered by the district. The equipment includes but is not limited to: robotics building supplies, competition fees, camcorders, headphones, microphones, videotape, wiring, and overall computer maintenance. If any student cannot afford the lab fee, see Mr. Fornstrom, CCT department chair, for a waiver.

Over the course of the year there are numerous opportunities for students to volunteer in our community, at school, and at district events. It is strongly encouraged that students participate in these events and represent T.J. Robotics in a positive manner.
As the very foundation of this class revolves around a number of competitions students are expected to attend all competitions, kick-offs, practice days, and team events. Students and parents will be notified on the class calendar well in advance of these dates.
Fundraising is essential to the success of the T.J. Robotics courses, the ever increasing cost of materials, travel, technology, parts, and supplies is a constant struggle to maintain. As such it is a course expectation that students participate in any/all fundraising opportunities including but not limited to Snapraise, Jim and Nicks, Merchandise sales, etc.

Much work will be done in the robotics lab, but it is necessary for you to bring school supplies (writing utensils, notebook, etc) with you every day.

Student Expectations:
Thomas Jefferson CCTM students are provided additional opportunities and resources which requires commitment and responsibility. For this reason, these students are expected to be school leaders and exemplars by setting a positive tone at TJ.

Students are required to use all resources in a safe and respectful manner that contributes to the betterment of the program. Any deliberate misuse of resources or misconduct will be dealt with in accordance to school and district policies and may result in one or more of the following consequences: withdrawal from any/all CCTM courses, fines/fees to repair/replace materials, suspension/expulsion, possible additional legal action.

By reading and signing this, you agree to be a leader at Thomas Jefferson High School and to abide by the highest standards as a student.

Course Robot Build Overview:
Unit 1: Shop Safety
Unit 2: FRC Field Day
Unit 3: FRC
Unit 4: Final Wrap up
• Build schedule is subject to change due to changes in robotics technology, competition availability, competition advancement.

During the school year, students in the Pathways Robotics class will have the opportunity to participate in BEST Robotics and the FRC Robotics challenges. We encourage students and parents to familiarize themselves with the whole FIRST Robotics program at:

Office Hours/Build Days:
Due to the nature of this program, we highly encourage students to come in during office hours on Wednesdays since they cannot do lab work at home. Please see TJ student planner and listen to announcements for details about office hours.
• Second semester build days/hours are MANDATORY students are required to work additional hours outside of class (Saturdays, Wednesdays, free-periods, etc) during the FRC build season. These dates and time will be posted well in advance of second semester.

Instructors will follow school policies for attendance, tardies, grades and electronic devices.