SOLID Learning Robot Components

Makerbot's <strong>Robot</strong> Mascot Statue

The pilot course for the SOLID Learning model involves 3D printed robots. Students will select and print out selected body types and colors for a robotics course using common components in a personalized educational environment. Makerbot’s robot mascot shown above clearly illustrates the difference between a robot statue and a usable robot – robots have motors and electronics that allow them to act and move.

The Arduino Uno and Arduino Mega Microcontroller Boards

In order to make sure that teachers anywhere will be able to integrate SOLID Learning Elements into their courses, I will develop the pilot around open hardware technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller board and sensors available online or through local electronics suppliers like Radio Shack together with motors and servos that can be acquired through local RC hobby shops. All 3D printable robot frames will be provided free to download and use through the Thingiverse 3D model website, and all lesson plans will be deisgned to take advantage of the simplest component configurations in order to reduce costs to the schools and simplify instruction.

I will explore component options to capture feedback from enthusiasts, educators and robotics workshop participants while I wait for the Replicator to be created and shipped for framework design testing. I will activate hyperlinks on the following topics as each post is uploaded to STEMulate.Org.

Option Reviews for the Robotics pilot course:

Selections for Pilot Course:

  • Microcontroller – Arduino
  • Actuators – Servos
  • Sensors (pending)
  • 3D Printable Robot Types (pending)

Main SOLID Learning link: Introduction to SOLID Learning

4 thoughts on “SOLID Learning Robot Components

  1. Have you considered this approach but using a building system like K’nex as the main structure and just 3D printing things like sensor mounts, Arduino mounts, etc.?

    • Don,

      I am discussing the various options available to the educators, and suspect that for the robotics portion at least we will be able to create many different base forms of the SOLID Learning models. I started out looking towards fully-printed designs so that educators would not have to try to find a particuar kit or commercial set of other components as those can disappear from shelves easily when new versions come out, and many teachers simply lack the budget needed to outfit an entire class with LEGO, K’Nex, etc.

      Kirk

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