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Hi all. I'm a civil engineer starting a new job as a high school engineering design teacher. I'm looking for a robotics kit, or curriculum or... are raspberry pi's still a thing? Something easy for a high school class to get started on, but still allowing us to do some computer drawings and then build or machine some parts using the cool machines we have access to. I've got a pretty new STEM lab with machines like a CNC, welders (not yet sure which kinds), 3D printers, laser cutter and engraver. I have access to a wood workshop, an auto shop, and a machine shop. I see that some robotics kits seem to include virtually all the parts you need, which I imagine would remove the opportunity for the students to machine some of their own stuff. Do you have any suggestions as to something that is easy to get started on, but doesn't preclude creating some of the parts?

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Prajod Vettiyattil - Robotics Architect
WIPRO LIMITED
prajod [dot] vettiyattil [at] wipro.com
0945205489

1) For high school students, the lewansoul xArm is useful. Its a small robotics arm, with multiple motor controlled joints. Each link could be replaced, if you want to create your own part. Another feature I found useful is that they have multple ways to communicate with the Robot and control it. Your dont have to use their built in controller board. They have assembly instructions on youtube. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0793PFGCY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_j27hFbP870AKE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NVDTRT5/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_s07hFbF0TY1V1 2)Yes, Raspberri Pi and Arduino are good ways to familiarize students with the inferfacing and software control mechanisms. 3) For trying out with bigger robots, there are educational versions of Robots like the DOBOT Magician and the Niryo One. 4) Another starter options is ofcourse the lego and mBlock kind of Robots. 5) For doing end to end projects, you will need cameras(rgb and 3D), mounts, tables, fixtures etc

Dan Junker - President and Chief Ranger
Automation Rangers, Inc.
danj [at] automationrangers [dot] com
(833) 445-5665

Hi Shiela, I would welcome a conversation. We are members and participants on the RIA Standards committees. I think I have resources that may really help you. We train all the time and several of our methods should apply to your efforts. Cell Number - 513-371-9494.

Troy Denning - Design For Making
Design for Making
td [at] designformaking [dot] com
2085894615

First Robotics is a great educational tool to get started with motor controls and sensors; while allowing the kids to get their hands dirty building things. https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc


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