About the TI Robot App
The TI Robot App is a user interface program which makes using the Texas Instruments Calculator Controlled Robot even easier. It provides a simplified interface for entering and executing a list of commands on the robot. It also provides a way to calibrate your robot to correct for little deviations in the robots motors so your robot doesn't get off course.
The TI Robot App is designed to work on TI-83 and TI-84 calculators
This application was developed by Peter and Jeremy Jang while they were graduate students at the University of Illinois. Peter was a graduate student in the secondary mathematics education program and is currently teaching at Rudy Lozano Leadership Acedemy in Chicago.
Download the TI Robot App
Installation and setup
After you install the TI-Connect Software click on the "Content Tools" button and drag-and-drop the "tirobot.8xk" file onto the application. Make sure you device is connected and powered on.
Calibration can be a bit finicky. Small changes in a deviating calculator may show little effect but when you're close to the "balancing" point even the smallest of changes will cause significant fluctuations. Experience shows that the backwards calibration setting is usually the opposite of the forwards calibration setting.
Instructions on how to drive your robot: DOC | PDF
Worksheet for students with driving challenges: DOC | PDF
Worksheet for developing linear functions using the robot: PDF
Protractor worksheet for measuring degrees turned: PDF
Using Linear Functions to Navigate a Robot Maze: A Lesson by Jeff Collons and Jackie Lewis
For more information about the secondary mathematics program at the University of Illinois contact Adam Poetzel
- Go to Norland Research to purchase a TI-robot
- June 2, 2009
Posted the first version of the TI Robot App
- June 3, 2009
Added some new activity worksheets and links