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VEX V5 Workcell: Industrial Robotic Arm Model for STEM Education (Other)

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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PCEE Session 3: Robotics and Design Competitions

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a university professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Robert Morris University. His teaching and research interests lie in manufacturing engineering, specifically in industrial automation and robotics, CAD/CAE/CAM, 3D scanning and printing, medical manufacturing, and entertainment technology. In addition, he has recently developed courses in different areas of Industry 4.0 including Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Mixed Reality (MR) for Industry.

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Jason McKenna VEX Robotics


Lauren Harter VEX Robotics

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Lauren Harter is a Senior Educational Developer at VEX Robotics and has a wide range of experience in education. From teaching in the high school setting to developing materials that teachers use in numerous countries, Lauren’s experiences have shaped her contributions to the educational community.

Lauren received a double bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education from Duquesne University in 2016. Shortly after, she began teaching high school mathematics at Serra Catholic High. For two years, she taught 9-12th grade Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Calculus to a wide range of students.

Lauren is nearing the end of her Doctoral studies and is conducting research in teaching practices that promote conceptual understanding in mathematics and teacher quality.

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This paper presents the advantages of the new VEX V5 Workcell in an educational setting to introduce industrial robotics and automation in secondary education. The VEX V5 Workcell was developed to improve the accessibility of teaching of industrial robotics and automation to secondary and technical education teachers and their students. The combination of a modular industrial robotic arm and its peripheral equipment that are small enough to be placed on a classroom desk and the easy use of block-based software which is also a freeware provides a low barrier of entry and accessibility to teachers and students in various educational settings. The hardware and software created by VEX Robotics and its academic collaborator present students with the opportunity to develop technical and problem-solving skills by building and programming a simulated manufacturing workcell with a four-axis articulated robot arm and its solenoid-based end-effector. This paper illustrates the details of the work-cell design kit and its construction along with its curriculum including its modules: introduction to industrial robotics and safety, manual jogging of the robots, programming of robot movements, variables, end-effectors and their operation, pick and place operations and material handling applications, conveyor systems, sensors, automated work-cell support systems including storage systems, and a classroom competition. Associated learning objectives/outcomes are also included in the paper, and the paper is concluded with current and possible future initiatives based-on this new educational robotics system.

Sirinterlikci, A., & McKenna, J., & Harter, L. (2022, August), VEX V5 Workcell: Industrial Robotic Arm Model for STEM Education (Other) Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41261

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