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: www.parallax.com/go/boe-bot either version: serial with adaptor or USB. Two or three individuals can share a kit. (Additional parts and handouts provided by the instructor- free)
* 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.
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