PVNet teaches robotics at the following levels:
This program is designed for students who have little to no prior experience with robotics. It allows for flexible, convenient learning with no long-term commitment. Students start at just the right level and move forward at a fun, well-thought-out, technically challenging pace.
VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system that, when coupled with VEXcode, allows novice students to easily build and program their first robots. The hands-on learning encourages key STEM skills that easily transition into more advanced concepts.
PVNet's Advanced Pathway takes students who already have some experience with robotics and guides them through higher-level concepts, often taught at a college level. This includes coding, computer-aided design, microcontrollers, and 3D printing of robots
Everything within reach has some aspect of programming built into it today. Basic Robotics will provide an understanding journey into the workings of this process. The student will learn how to apply logic and use sensors to react to basic environmental conditions.
The robot they use with coding blocks will visualize and develop understanding the relationship between inputs and outputs. These coding blocks will have the robot react to these conditions and self-correct or acknowledge the outside conditions it encounters.
It is a fun class where the students interact with their robots and also have the robots interact with each other.
Robots today all have moving parts and serve some function. To better understand the mechanics and how they relate to programming the movements, the VEX IQ program is a path to that understanding. The VEX IQ programming curriculum and ROBOTC software provide many opportunities for students of all abilities and was developed by Carnegie Mellon.
The ROBOTC for VEX IQ includes programming lessons for ROBOTC, engineering challenges. Most of the challenges found in this curriculum are programmed in a simulator environment. Then the functional robot is used to show the physical reactions of a robot to the programming skills learned in the simulated environment.
The VEX IQ system includes plastic, snap-together pieces designed specifically for the dexterity for young hands. Students can easily build their first robot, and the wide variety of additional parts means that students can build a robot that is bigger, stronger, and more functional as students continue to learn. The robotic brain included in the course has 12 ports for a variety of program options for sensors and driving motors.
The student can advance further to VEX IQ Challenge teams where students are tasked with design and build a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.
STEM concepts are put to the test with the VEX robotics as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more at PVNet.
For students with an interest in robotics or may want to pursue a career in robotics the Pathway to Advanced robotics is designed for them. There are many one chip computers on the market today that can control robots. Also, there are Computer aided design software packages available today. PVNet has taken the best from both one chip computers and CAD programs and used the principles of STEAM develop this program.
The student will use a text-based programming language and use a compiler to convert the language to machine code in single chip computer. This code will respond to sensors and produce movement in a 3D printed robot designed in a CAD program by the student. The curriculum utilizes logic, functions, tables, arrays and more programming aspects. Also, the curriculum includes remote control of robots as well as autonomous operation of a 3D printed robot.
At the completion of the program the student may want to purchase the robot designed in the class, but this is optional. The CAD experience uses a professional CAD program available free to students. The CAD program can be used throughout the student’s life in future college classes or used in a professional environment.
We are glad and proud to help students on their way to unlock the possibilities of robotics for curiosity or to advance their programming and creative skills.