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Smarter Machines Unit Challenges

VEX IQ Curriculum - Smarter Machines

Smarter Machines Unit Challenge

You will be completing one or more of the challenges below. Use a VEX IQ Robot, the VEX IQ Sensors, your VEX IQ Programming Software (there are multiple options and you should be familiar with your software from the Smart Machines unit), the Robot Challenge Evaluation Rubric, and as many copies of the Idea Book Page as necessary to solve the challenge problem and document your process.

Possible Clawbot IQ with Sensors Challenges:

1. Program the robot AUTONOMOUSLY as follows (no Controller):

  • The robot claw should start by holding an object, like a ball, cube or plastic cup in the claw
  • Your program should start running autonomously with a tap of the Touch LED
  • Then turn 360 degrees using the Gyro and Smart Motors or just the Smart Motors
  • Have the robot arm lift up, open its claw, and drop the object
  • Have the Robot Brain display, “I AM DONE” and the Touch LED glow Red at conclusion of the program

2. Program the robot for the following HYBRID functions (Robot is controlled with Controller):

  • Program the robot arm joint to stop turning in the downward direction when the arm presses the Bumper Switch in. Each time the arm is lifted and dropped, the Bumper Switch should protect a robot driver from dropping the arm too far.
  • Program the color sensor to recognize an object’s color when holding it and print that color name on the robot LCD screen when the object is being held. The object should be red, blue, or green and easy to manipulate (ball, cube, or plastic cup for example)
  • Program the Distance Sensor to stop the robot 100 mm away from a wall or obstacle, preventing a driver from hitting that obstacle.
*Test these functions out one at a time or all together using your controller

3. Teacher Created Challenge

Possible Armbot IQ Challenges:

1. Program the robot AUTONOMOUSLY as follows (no Controller):

  • Item delivery. Program the robot to pick up items (balls, cubes, etc) from a specific location and deliver them to a second specific location, one at a time.
*Note objects may be placed/and removed one at a time by a teacher or classmate

2. Program the robot AUTONOMOUSLY as follows (no Controller):

  • Color sorter. Program the robot to pick up items (balls, cubes, etc) that are 2 or 3 different colors (use red, blue, and/or green items), one at a time, from a specific location and deliver them to color specific destinations (one destination for red, another for blue, a third for green).

3. Teacher Created Challenge

Possible Challenges Using a Custom Created VEX IQ Robot:

1. Create & Program a VEX IQ robot that successfully navigates a maze autonomously using sensors
2. Create & Program a VEX IQ robot that successfully delivers an object to an exact location autonomously using sensors
3. Teacher Created Challenge



Unit Home: Smarter Machines