June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computers in Education
24.1170.1 - 24.1170.16
Teaching Robotics by Building Autonomous Mobile Robots Using the ArduinoIn recent years I have been teaching a project-based Robotics course within our quarter-based mechanical engineering program using the Stamp microcontroller. Students workin teams to complete a number of weekly lab exercises designed to sufficiently build theirrobotics expertise to the level that they can complete a project to design, build, and test anautonomous moblile robot to successfully complete an assigned task of their choosing.The course was structured in such a way that course materials laid out everythingexplicitly for the students since time was short on a ten-week quarter schedule. Theysimply followed the directions given. This fall, we changed to a semester schedule,changed our microcontroller from the Stamp to the popular Arduino, and restructured theentire course. Since extensive information is available on-line and in the literature for theArduino., the course philosophy and structure has changed. Instead of providing studentswith all the information they need, students are now presented with a task, and they aretold to go discover how to do it. As a result, the course is more challenging andinteresting for them. This is aided by the additional time available in the semesterschedule and by the wealth of information available for the Arduino. The paper discussesthe current structure of the course, how independent team effort is evaluated, and theproblems encountered in switching from a Stamp-based ten week quarter course to anArduino-based “self-discovery” semester course.
Walter, W. W., & Southerton, T. G. (2014, June), Teaching Robotics by Building Autonomous Mobile Robots Using the Arduino Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23103
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