Implementation of WaterBotics helps educators address a variety of nationally recognized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics standards.
|SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES||DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS||CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS|
Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
PS2.A: Forces and Motion: Propulsion, drag, buoyancy, and gravity combine to produce the robot's motion.
PS2.C: Stability and Instability in Physical Systems: The controllable orientation of the robot must also be stable when submerged.
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems: Each mission has a goal with clear, measureable objectives and reasonable contraints.
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions: Creative ideas are encouraged and then tested for viability.
ETC1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution: Robots are repeatedly modified and tested until they achieve the mission goal.
Patterns: Which combinations of gears result in better propulstion? Which configurations of floats and ballast result in stable robot orientations?
Cause and Effect: When a change is made to a robot, how does that affect its performance? Why?
Systems and System Models: Robots act as experimental models that allow interaction with motion laws. Robots serve as models for real-life aquatic vehicles.
Structure and Function: How does the shape and mass of a robot affect its motion?
Stability and Change: What makes a robot stable when underwater? How can the stability of an underwater robot be changed?
As a result of the activities, all students should develop an understanding of: