Cyber Robotics 101 Basics

Get your bearings and go go go as you set out to learn the basics of robotic navigation and object detection. This beginner’s course familiarizes kids with how robots work, how to analyze technological systems based on their inputs and outputs, and efficient coding using the repeat loop and code reuse functions. Use it as their entry point to a lifelong love of computer science!

Who this course is for: Teachers and students ages 10-14, with little to no experience in coding and robotics. Short, structured missions and flexible pacing make it engaging for a range of learning levels.

No installation
No hardware costs
No coding or robotics knowledge required
PBL Approach
NGSS & CSTA alignment
Downloadable Certificate
5
Lessons
42
missions

12+ hours of curriculum

Gamified activities with step-by-step instructions

Grades 5th-9th
Blockly
English, Arabic, French, Spanish

Students’ outcome

Computer Science
Control flows: if, if-else, nested loops, repeat until/while/forever
Computer Science
Functions for code reusability, comparison operators, Boolean conditions
Computer Science
Code efficiency and autonomous decision-making
Robotics
Manual control and heads up display (HUD)
Robotics
Motion planning: power and steering arguments
Robotics
Sensors: touch, gyro, ultrasonic, color, and gyro reset
Soft skills
Teamwork and collaboration, giving/receiving feedback
Soft skills
Inquiry, investigation, prediction, and creativity
Soft skills
Critical and computational thinking for problem solving
15 lessons, 100 missions

Сourse outline and learning objectives

1
Getting Started
3
missions

Get familiar with the CoderZ learning platform, and discover block categories, and the drive block.

2
Basic Navigation 1
9
missions

Motion planning with drive power, forward and back, left and right point turns, and backward turns.

3
Basic Navigation 2
13
missions

Motion planning with power and steering for curved turns, and Smart Blocks for code reuse (functions).

4
Object Detection
8
missions

Use touch sensor and ‘wait until’ command to code a ‘forward, touch, turn’ motion despite the distance.

5
Repeat Loops
10
missions

Entering code over and over is obnoxious and increases opportunity for error. Meet ‘Repeat times’.

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Course resources

Teaching Guide

Teaching Guide

Everything you need to flow through each lesson, including: clear objectives, questions for reflection, instructional videos, and more.

Slide Deck for Classroom Activities

Slide Deck for Classroom Activities

Each session is guided by a presentation that covers the entire session from theory to practice, including: scientific background, examples and sample code, discussion guidelines, play time activities, and speaker notes.

Mission Solutions

Mission Solutions

You can quickly navigate to all the solutions for each lesson in just a few clicks.

Heatmaps and Student Reports

Heatmaps and Student Reports

So you can see how individual students compare to one another, identify specific topics they may be struggling with, and recommend corrective actions.

Knowledge Base and Help Desk

Knowledge Base and Help Desk

Get answers to all your subject matter questions and find your way around the platform.

CoderZ supports Single Sign-On integrations that will make your life easier

Other courses in our curriculum

Cyber Robotics 101 Essentials
5th-9th Grade
Blockly

Practice the skills and concepts introduced in 101 Basics, while stacking on new robotics knowledge with the gyroscope, gyro reset, and ultrasonic sensors!

Cyber Robotics 101 Advanced
5th-9th Grade
Blockly

This third and final course in the Cyber Robotics 101 series cements foundational coding and robotics knowledge while introducing advanced concepts such as: color sensor, radar, and control flow.

CoderZ Adventure 1
4th-6th Grade
Blockly

STEM, and coding, and robotics—oh my! Don’t let the subject matter scare you, this intro course requires no prior experience and teaches kids to program a friendly virtual robot.