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Angela Ting <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:07:09 -0800
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Hi all, 
I am wondering if there are any parents living in Northern Virginia who are interested in learning robotics with their children.  John Kauffman, a robotics teacher at the Arlington Career Center, is willing to offer a robotics class tailored to younger students with parent participation.  I am hoping to get enough interest to start an intro robotic class, using the Parallex platform.  This is not a Lego robotics class. A sample curriculum is as follows:  
Robotics 1 – The Brain (15-18 hours) 
Build and experiment with the microcontroller and its code that will control the robot. The microcontroller is also the basis for non-robotics projects students may undertake 
Prerequisite – Experience with any word processor 
Materials: Parallax Boe-Bot Kit ~ $170 (used for both courses) The same kit is used in many university microcontroller, embedded systems or robotics courses. Source: either version: serial with adaptor or USB. Two or three individuals can share a kit. (Additional parts and handouts provided by the instructor- free) 
Approximate Schedule: 
	* Introduction to Microcontrollers and PBASIC coding 
	* Bread boarding, component marking codes and troubleshooting 
	* Servo Motors and demonstration of the oscilloscope 
	* Robot body assembly 
	* Calibration techniques 
	* Navigation without sensing 
Please let me know if you are interested.  
Angela Ting
Rocking Penguins
FLL #7102

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