Classroom Rules:

  1. Be in your seat, ready to work and learn when the bell rings.
  2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  3. Treat the robot kits with care and respect;they will be used for years to come!
  4. Respect your fellow students' right to a quiet & productive learning environment.
  5. Mr. Thompson dismisses the class, not the bell or clock.

As always, the school's student conduct expectations are upheld.  See the School Handbook for Parents and Students for more detail.

Classroom Procedures:

  • Start of class:
    • Get out robots and kits
    • Set-up work tables
  • End of class:
    • Put away/secure robots and kits (all extra parts in storage box, robot in cubby-hole)
    • Take-down and put away work tables
    • Log out of computer, push in chairs, pick up trash
  • Robot kits
    • You will be assigned a numbered Mindstorms kit which you must sign for.
    • If you lose or damage any kit pieces, you must pay for the replacement.
    • All robot kits and parts must stay in the lab or designated area at all times.
    • If you do not turn in a complete kit at the end of the term, you will receive an incomplete until the full kit is complete.
  • Computer work
    • Computers are to be used for class work / projects.
    • No food, gum or drinks around the computers.
  • Late work:
    • NO LATE work will be accepted unless a student has an excused absence.
    • Depending on the number of days of excused absences, students will receive the same number of days to make up the work missed.
    • Students will receive 2 GRACE COUPONS to be used for late assignments.  The entire day's late assignment will be accepted ONE day late only, with one GRACE COUPON attached.  Students will self-correct the allowed late assignment during individual/group work time in class.
    • Once both GRACE COUPONS are used, late work receives a zero.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Each unused GRACE COUPON earns the student 1 point grace on the final test/project.
  • Absences and Tardiness
    • The school's absence & tardiness policies are followed.  See the School Handbook for Parents and Students for more detail.
    • Be responsible - find out what you missed and make it up.
  • Use it and lose it
    • Cell phones, iPods, the like, ...; use it in class and you lose it for the day.

Click here for downloadable copy of the course syllabus, rules and procedures.