Oct 06-Nov 21, 2011
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $278.50 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Brock LaMeres

Register Online

Course Description

**NOTE - If you sign up for this section you will be buying the robot on your own, or utilizing your existing robot. If you wish to rent a robot - please sign up for the previous section.

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of unmanned exploration of the lunar surface using autonomous robots. The course will begin with an introduction to past, current, and planned techniques for lunar exploration and the application of robotics to this field. The course will then introduce the students to the building blocks of robotics including locomotion, computer system functionality, sensors, and autonomous decision making. The course will culminate in a final project in which the students will design a robot to accomplish an autonomous task. The robotics platform that will be used in this class is the LEGO® MINDSTORM® NXT Educational Kit.

The target audience for this course is K-12 math and science teachers who wish to incorporate robotics learning modules into their classroom for the purpose of promoting the opportunities in the science and technology field.

Students taking this course will be provided with enough background to assemble a team of students who can participate in the annual First Lego League robotics competitions held in their state in January or early February. Creating a team is not required but we encourage you to check out the competitions.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to spend at least 6 - 8 hours each week, either online or offline while the course is in session, to stay current and successfully complete this 1 credit graduate level course.


Brock LaMeres, PhD. Dr. LaMeres joined the Montana State Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. Dr. LaMeres' research and teaching interests are in the area of high-speed digital system design with an emphasis on CMOS devices, programmable logic, and interconnect systems. Dr. LaMeres' research is funded by NASA and the Department of Defense. He has published over 40 papers in the area of high speed signal propagation and has been granted 12 US patents in the area of electronic probing interconnect. Dr. LaMeres is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Montana and Colorado in addition to serving as an editor for the Active and Passive Components (APEC) journal.


Bachelor's degree and Physics 101 or equivalent, and ESCI 111 (Physical Geology) or equivalent.

Target Audience

Elementary, Middle and High School math and science and technology teachers who wish to integrate robotics and lunar exploration into their classroom.

Time Commitment:

6-8 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $8.50
 Computer Fee$3.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • TBD

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Please contact Lisa Brown by phone at (406) 994-3062, or by email at

How to Register

Register Online