POPCS SmartLab Rotation 1  

Island 1


The challenge is to program a VEX robot and test it out using the VEXcode VR Playground. Robots need step-by-step instructions to do a job. They cannot do anything on their own – they can only do what humans program them to do. We use robots in manufacturing, in the military, in space exploration, and even in the healthcare industry. Understanding how robots work and how to program them will provide students with skills that are needed for the future. Could robots help us get ready for school or work one day? Could robots keep you and others safe?


Island 5

 Photoshop-Enhancing Photos

The challenge is  to explore the tools and options in Adobe® Photoshop® to improve a photograph. This Island is an introduction to Photoshop learning about basic tools and menu options and how they're used to improve a photograph.


Island 6

LEGO EV3 The Basics

Robots do work that is too dangerous or repetitive for people to attempt.  How do they help humans to do work? Students are challenged  to explore what a robot can do by building and programming the Driving Base Robot. What will students program their robot to do?


Island 2

 K'NEX Motors

As part of the K'NEX series, this K’NEX motor set is designed to introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with gears. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to information and concepts. Working cooperatively, students are encouraged to interact with each other as they build, investigate, discuss, and evaluate scientific principles in action.


Island 3

 Vernier Go! Motion

Have you ever wondered how automatic doors at grocery stores know when to open? There is a sensor over the door that works similarly to Go! Motion. Go! Motion sends out sound waves that reflect from objects, such as your body. Based on the amount of time it takes the wave to bounce back, Go! Motion is able to calculate the position of the object. Students will design experiments using the Go! Motion sensor.


Island 4

 Snap Circuits 2-Way Switch Circuits

The challenge is  to learn how to rewire a light for the stairway so that it can be controlled from two switches: one at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom of the stairs. Do you like to watch HGTV? Have you ever experienced a home remodel? Or, maybe your parents decided to put a ceiling fan in your room to keep you cool in the summer. If so, you might have a good idea of the amount of work required to make that happen. Working with and modifying electrical systems is a necessary part of many repairs and remodels.