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Development of a Laboratory Kit for
Robotics Engineering Education

Gregory S. Fischer, William R.
Michalson
,
Taskin

Padir
, Gary
Pollice

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Irina Tyshkevich

What is this paper about?


The development of a sequence of
undergraduate courses in the Robotics
Engineering (RBE) B.S. at
Worcesters

Polytechnic
Institute (WPI)


It outlines the cost
-
effective laboratory robotics
kit that they made for the undergraduate
robotics education


The coursework is great because it can be
adapted to graduate research as for exposing K
-
12 students to STEM

The Importance of Robotics


As robotics technology evolved, the
interest of all ages in the field has steadily
increased. What’s great about this, is that
the inter
-
disciplinary nature of robotics
“can be used to introduce students to the
essence of engineering”

The Goals Of the RBE Program


Have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of
Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering


Apply abstract concepts and practical skills from the
separate engineering disciplines together to design and
construct robots and robotic systems for diverse
applications


Have the imagination to see how robotics can be used to
improve society and the entrepreneurial background and
spirit to make their ideas become reality


Demonstrate the ethical behavior and standards
expected of responsible professionals functioning in a
diverse society

The Courses


[RBE 1001] Introduction to Robotics: “The goal is to
capture students’ enthusiasm about robotics early in
their engineering careers and keep the students
engaged”.


[RBE 2001
-
2] Unified Robotics I
-
II: “The goal is to
introduce students to the analysis of electrical and
mechanical systems as well as the principles of
software engineering”.


[RBE 3001
-
2] Unified Robotics III
-
IV: “The focus in
RBE 3001 is on developing a deeper understanding of
the types of devices they encountered… The focus in
RBE 3002 is on integrating the information in the
previous three courses into a complex robotic
system”.

Laboratory Kit for RBE 3001
-
3002


Figure 1: Prototype
EduArm

system
including the 2
-
Link

arm with DC motors,
encoders,
potentiometers, gear

trains, magnetic
gripper, sensors,
control circuitry, and

microcontroller.

Evaluation and Conclusion


Students are surveyed at the end of each
course, and the RBE faculty annually
reviews the data collected. Courses are
constantly being revised.


“… it appears that our approach is leading
to an effective way of teaching
multidisciplinary skills to engineering
students based on robotics education and
the laboratory platform…”