"Robotic Thoughts & Demonstration"
Where to Start
Who signs up?
5-6? 8-10? 12-15?
2-5 Optimal range per leader
Event #1) FIRST Robotics competition - March 1, 2, 3
When: February 28 – March 1, 2013 Doors open to the public at 8AM Friday and Saturday
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Event #2) Class - Intro to Robotics... a general overview of what robotics, robots and the sub-systems
that make them work.
Event #3) Class - Mechanical sub-system... learn about mechanical considerations of robots (gears,
balance, strength, etc) Goal will be to build a gravity car (using Mindstorm legos) that can take an egg
safely down a ramp.
Event #4) Class - Electrical sub-system... understand basic electronics and be introduced to computer
control of robots
Event #5) Class - Programming.... build a robot with the Mindstorm electronics and program to follow a
track, and turn around when it hits a barrier. (This class will held a two or three groups from 9AM to
Noon for smaller teams and greater individual participation.)
Hazards and how to avoid them
First aid for injuries in activities, competitions (eye injuries, cuts, burns (chemical & heat)
2) Robotics Industry
Kinds of robots and how they are used
Similarities and differences between remote-control, telerobots, autonomous
Methods of moving (wheels, tracks, fins, etc)
3) General Knowledge
Discuss 3-of-5 major fields (sub-systems) of robotics (human interface, mobility, manipulation,
programming, sensors). Find pictures or videos to aid discussion.
4) Design, build, test
Chose and task, include sensor and programming
Design robot (2-degrees of freedom), record in notebook
Build robot to complete task
Program -or- create program flowchart
5) Test robot, evaluate and suggest improvements
Demonstrate Robot & share notebook w/ Instructor
6 ) Attend robotics competition -or - learn about 3 youth robotics competitions (type of competition, time, #
7) Career: name 3 careers in robotics.
Pick one and describe education, training, experience and explain why this one interests you.
Dangerous, Dirty, Dull, Difficult!!!
How did they get their name?
Named by Czech Playwright Karel Capek,
‘Robota’ which means ‘forced labor’.
Issac Asimov made them ‘smart’ in “I, Robot”
Mechanical & Motion (Body)
LISP, Deep Blue (1997)
Turing Test (Eliza)
Common Sense (logic), knowledge, learning,
motion, manipulation, perception, etc..
Major Robot Classes
Interface (for operator)
Mobility/locomotion (motors, servos, linear
actuators, rotary actuators, balancing)
manipulation (eg. hands)
Programming / Control
sensing/perception (GPS, environment,
radar, IR, touch)
Strength of material
Attachment of material
Stability: Center of mass
Create a robot on