June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
Engineering students often have difficulty explaining their chosen profession to non-engineering students. The motivation to finish an engineering degree and to fit within their social environment can be enhanced by doing something interesting yet useful for the community. With this in mind, mechatronics engineering students approached the Humans vs. Robots Workout Challenge lab. The instructor’s justification for the lab was the use of various pedagogical learning instruments such as project-based learning, peer learning, and increased student engagement, all in the function of learning basic robotic concepts and robot programming. This work addresses an exciting humanoid robots laboratory developed by engineering students. For this lab, three robotic kits, Robotis Premium, from Robotis, Inc. are purchased; three humanoid robots (18 Degrees of Freedom each) are assembled, and three sets of various physical exercises are created and programmed by three mechatronics engineering student teams in the Robotics course. The exercises include some of the following: push-ups (two arm or single arm), sit-ups, squats, and headstands (straight legs or splits). The number of repetitions and the choice of exercises are decided by the student teams. In addition, the Humans vs. Robots Workout Challenge is advertised on campus. A number of small wolf mascot statues are 3D printed as prizes for human winners. Then, the three student teams, in three different campus buildings conduct the challenge. A short questionnaire (How well do you understand what engineers do? How interesting is engineering? How exciting was this challenge?, etc.) is administered to the participants of the challenge. Engineering students were asked in interviews if the challenge helped them in understanding robotics concepts; if the challenge helped them perfect their programming skills; if the challenge helped them define the engineering profession better to non-engineering students, and if the challenge helped them be more engaged with the rest of the student community. This work will include a lab introduction with justifications, curricular context, description of the robotic hardware, firmware, programming environment, and the Humans vs. Robots Workout Challenge program. The results of the questionnaire and the interviews will be described and analyzed.
Jaksic, N. I., & Li, B. (2017, June), Humans vs. Robots Workout Challenge Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28453
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