Model it! Robotics Workshop for Pre-University Educators (Kick-Off Meeting)

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Software development is difficult! Unlike a building plan which can be easily linked to the visible features of the building, it is difficult to link source code to the system it represents. Beginning programmers often don’t even think about the software design step - they just sit down and start coding. State Chart “Models” provide an alternate viewpoint and facilitate a clear communication of required software/system behavior before any coding takes place.


In this 2-course, 8-week workshop, we will review the basic features of state charts and show how this model can be implemented in Arduino C/C++ source code. You will construct a simple line-following robot based on the Raspberry Pi Pico WH board, then learn how to design firmware that completes a basic line follower challenge and enable your students to compete in a CETA Robotics Competition.


This training is targeted towards Grade 11/12 Computer or Electronics Engineering Teachers (Ontario TEJ/ICS Curriculum), and will be delivered virtually using a Learning Management System, combined with weekly live Q/A sessions to verify mastery of the material.


When registering, please complete all address fields, so we can ship you a robot kit and track in time for the first session!


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  Date and Time




  • Date: 19 Oct 2023
  • Time: 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Starts 23 August 2023 09:01 AM
  • Ends 10 October 2023 05:01 PM
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Robotics Workshop for Pre-University Educators


Dennis Cecic, P. Eng., is a Principal Technical Training Engineer with Microchip Technology Inc. He is a subject matter expert in 8, 16 and 32-bit Microcontrollers, Embedded Firmware and IoT applications, as well as an instructional designer, helping other Engineers design effective e-learning experiences. He holds a B. Eng. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).



Kick-Off Meeting Agenda:


Courses & Topic Coverage

IoT Robot Hardware Review

Using the LMS

Detailed Training Schedule

Assigned reading and lab exercise