Development of a Laboratory Kit for

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Nov 13, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Development of a Laboratory Kit for
Robotics Engineering Education

Gregory S. Fischer, William R.

, Gary

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

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

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

[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

Laboratory Kit for RBE 3001

Figure 1: Prototype

including the 2

arm with DC motors,
potentiometers, gear

trains, magnetic
gripper, sensors,
control circuitry, and


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…”