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Experiences in Developing a Robotics Course for Electronic Engineering TechnologyThe Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Program, through its IEEE Student Chapter, hasbeen supporting interested students to participate in robotic competitions for several years, eventhough there isn’t a robotics or automation course in the curriculum. This fact, in conjunctionwith the lack of financial and software support has hindered our students’ performance duringthese events. The current EET curriculum already contains a suitable list of courses, such asIndustrial Controls and Instrumentations, to allow for the implementation of a Robotics andAutomation track. In an effort to start such path, the EET program developed an interdisciplinaryundergraduate-level robotics course to offers students the chance to integrate their engineering knowledgelearned throughout their college years.Developing a robotics course for an engineering technology program has proven to be achallenge. Most textbooks and/or robotic programs are designed for engineering programs. Assuch, there is a great deal of mathematical modeling and analysis which is not fitting for atechnology curriculum. At the other end of the spectrum, there are a myriad of low level roboticsbased curriculum such as the LEGO and the Parallax Boe-bot robot platforms. These arenormally used in K-12 educational and summer programs.This paper presents the process of developing a suitable robotics course for an engineeringtechnology program. We first present the challenges encountered when developing the coursecontent to suit the engineering technology student body. We then discuss the course componentssuch as classroom and laboratory sections. In class, students learn the theories behind roboticsand practice them by performing simulations. In addition, students perform robotics exercises inthe laboratory. The lab exercises are focused on hands-on experiments which include the Boe-Bot kit robots and an industrial robot arm. There are competition-based learning through projectsdesigned to enhance the overall understanding of the course material.
Soares, A. J., & Bellarmine, G. T., & Kobelo, D., & Muhammad, R., & Li, C., & Siddiqui, S. A., & Tinner, S. C. (2013, June), Experiences in Developing a Robotics Course for Electronic Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19582
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