This blog is intended to be a guide to teachers and students covering levels from Primary to University, so that anyone can adapt the contents to their needs in robotics. The aim of this blog is to disseminate knowledge to provide skills for a skid so he/she can learn robotics, mechanics, electronics and automation. It includes several materials with the goal of promoting imagination, creativity, logical thinking, calculus, geometric relations, etc. and it is fed from several experiences carried out at the University by my students in robotic courses, that properly adapted can be also applied in other education levels. Is the result of several academic projects, Master Thesis and PhD Thesis of students of Universitat Politècnica de València related with 3D printed robots (o printbots), Arduino® and LEGO®, but also with more advanced topics such as robot motion planning, localization and map building, control, etc. This kind of activities provide very attractive results with a low-cost. In addition to this, each robot, allows a set of different activities which include design, electronics, control, programming, simulation which are also suitable for research purposes.
Nowadays, most of Primary, Secondary, Bachellor and University courses use LEGO MINDSTORM® robots as an attractive tool, however, they are very expensive and therefore their use is limited for most of the students. In addition to this, the set of applications of basic kits are very limited and therefore we need to invest much more money in complex applications. Opposite to that, the proposals that you will find in this blog include a set of materials and tools that can be used in the class with a very low-cost and much more capabilities.
From a programming point of view, at University we use Arduino language, however, we can find solutions suitable for kids based on Scratch technology such as Ardublock in order to program Arduino processors.
It is also possible to design Apps using AppInventor 2 technology which will allow you to communicate with Arduino to control/monitor your robot with a mobile device.
All provided material is open-acces, based on free tools and allow teachers and students to adapt it to their needs, if necessary. In this blog we only provide basic programming examples, so we let students to learn by themselves. The hardware proposal to be used is shared among all Educational levels and it price varies among 50€ and 100€ depending on the robot configuration. Obviously, more complex robot can even cost much more.
It is also included a set of tutorials to learn how to simulate robots using V-REP, guiding you through a set of exercises that will allow you to use a powerful simulation tool to simulate wheeled robots and robotic arms, but you can progress even further.
Those exercises are indicated, in any case at University level, since the concepts they manage are more complex, in some cases. See the following video to figure out the type of exercises.
Finally, this blog also includes a list of Master Thesis and Thesis I have supervised during my academic activity.
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