Understand components of robots and how they make these machines function, along with their varied uses. Multiple design, plan and build projects to gain hands on understanding of the following:
- mechanisms that push, pull and lift using wheels/axles, inclined plane, wedge, lever, pulley and screw.
- machines with motorized movement using motors, gears, drive trains. Understand speed and torque.
- machines that use plows, scoops and friction grabbers for object manipulation mechanisms.
- lifting mechanisms such as rotating joints, elevators, and linkages.
- the robot’s computer (brain) for processing inputs and performing tasks through programming
- robot sensors to detect inputs such as light, color, objects and motion
Variations from designs and project plans, issues encountered, and lessons learned will follow each project.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be ready build more complex robots and graduate from graphical interface programming to ROBOTC.