MET* 5263 Autonomous Robotics for Education 1, Spring 2007


(*) This is a course in MET (Master of Educational Technology) program at Lawrence Technological University. Any current LTU student or anyone with Bachelor’s degree can take this class with the permission of course instructor.


13 week schedule from January 23, 2007 till May 3, 2007

·       Tue: 7:15pm - 9:10pm (On campus)

·       Thu: 7:15pm - 9:10pm (Online)


Introduces concepts involved in autonomous robotics and how to use robotics education technology to teach mathematics, physics, and computer programming. Provides hands-on experience in designing and constructing mobile robots using a robotic kit Lego® NXTTM. Various features of the icon-based visual programming language, NXTG, are covered in-depth to program the NXT robots with sensors and actuators. Discusses issues, guidelines, and methodologies of introducing robotics in grade school classes.


Instructors: Dr. CJ Chung, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Founder & Director of Robofest ( and Prof. Maurice Tedder, Adjunct Professor and Software Engineer at Covansys (


Prerequisite(s): None (Permission of course instructor, if student outside MET program)



1st week

Jan 23 and 25

Introduction to robotics and LEGO NXT and NXTG


Jan 30 and Feb 1



Feb 6 and 8



Feb 13 and 15



Feb 20 and 22



Feb 27 and Mar 1



Mar 6 and 8

Midterm exam on March 6; Robofest Warm-up on March 10


Mar 13 and 15

No class; LTU Spring Break


Mar 20 and 22



Mar 27 and 29



Apr 3 and 5



Apr 10 and 12

No class; Easter Spring Break (area school districts)


Apr 17 and 19



Apr 24 and 26

Project Demo begins; World Robofest week


May 1 and 3

Final exam and Project Demo


10% introduction, general, educational issues

30% Topics in math and physics; Lego construction

60% NXT Programming Languages and tools


LEGO kits required to purchase (No textbook is required)

·      Lego Education version: or

·      Lego retail version:

·       A guide to choosing retail or education NXT by Filip Verhaeghe



Dr. V. Tobos, [email protected] (248-204-3617) or Dr. CJ Chung, [email protected] (248-204-3504)