Intro to Robotic Engineering

Intro to Robotic Engineering is an intro-level course for robotics and programming. It will develop students’ computational, manufacturing, and critical thinking skills while showing them how to create, rather than simply use, new technologies. Students will learn basic computing and manufacturing skills, with the emphasis being on robotics and robot programming. This semester utilizes the C++ programming language, computer-aided design (CAD) software, and the Arduino robotic control system. Objectives and goals include mastery of the following skills: programming, prototyping, design, engineering, and manufacturing. Students will learn about the mathematics and algorithms that make computers and robots work, and be asked to demonstrate critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills in hands-on lab experiences.


Note: You may technically use a free online robot (not compatible with a Mac), but to get the most out of the course, a physical, Arduino robot like the Makeblock mBot that we use in the video lessons, or the mBot Ranger, is the best choice. Any costs associated with a physical or online robot are the responsibility of the student or the student’s school

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Unit 1: Introduction to Hardware and Design

  • Robotics in the World Around Us
  • The Engineering Process
  • Getting Started - Tools and Software
  • Components of a Robot
  • Materials and Construction
  • Effectors and Actuators
  • Sensors and Controllers
  • Using CAD
  • Modeling in Fusion 360
  • Systems Assembly
  • CAD Simulations

Unit 2: Robot Programming and Motion Control

  • Introduction to Scratch
  • Exploring mBlock
  • Programming a Robot
  • Robot Motion Control
  • Using Sensors to Control Movement
  • Programming Autonomous Movement

Unit 3: Computer Programming for Controlling Robots

  • Arduino Mode
  • Variables
  • Arithmetical Operations
  • Operators
  • Control Structures
  • Functions
  • The Engineering Development Cycle
  • Ethical Use and Responsibility
  • Wrapping Up

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