ochoasrobots
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Building the ultimate robotics curriculum with Raspberry Pi?

Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:30 pm

Greetings, robot enthusiasts!

I’m part of a group of robotics students that is trying to build the “ultimate robotics curriculum” designed to take a middle schooler with no prior experience, and train them in such a way that by high school graduation, they have a base set of skills that best prepares them for a future in robotics, or the technical workforce in general. We also need this curriculum to be as inexpensive as possible, even if that involves combining different systems on the same robot.

Here’s the progression that we’re brainstorming on right now….

Control System
VEX IQArduinoRaspberryPi

Build System
VEX IQVEX EDR/ActoboticsFound parts
(with CAD used to 3D print/laser cut custom parts throughout)

CAD Software
TinkerCAD (or platform of similar difficulty level)Autodesk InventorFusion 360

Coding Languages
ModkitRobotCArduinoPython/C++ with implementation of Robot Operating System (ROS)

Other important skills that would be integrated
- Familiar with ROS
- Familiar with using Linux as primary OS (specifically Ubuntu)
- Can use Git/Github for source control
- Can solder circuit boards and read schematic diagrams

We’re really interested in what experienced roboteurs think about this progression. What would you change or add? Are there important foundational technical skills that we’re missing?

Thanks for the help!

B.Goode
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Re: Building the ultimate robotics curriculum with Raspberry Pi?

Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:44 am

Are you aware of these resources from the Raspberry Pi Foundation?

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/digita ... urriculum/

https://curriculum.raspberrypi.org

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Gavinmc42
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Re: Building the ultimate robotics curriculum with Raspberry Pi?

Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:29 am

Hey, do we get badges if we do those courses?
Robotics would be the master class version, robotics pretty much covers everything?

Do everything on Pi's?
Some of the stuff you want to do, Ubuntu etc is not Pi's friendly, yet.
And "Ultimate" is a high target :o
There is only continuous learning, everything else is just steps on a very long journey.
One I started in the 1970's and the end seems even further away, even if it is brighter :D

Break it down to something much smaller and constrained.
Say start with RC sumo bots and end with autonomous Sumo bots.

If you want something real world, try small scale farming bots.
Growing more food is going to be very important if population numbers end up close to forecast.
Small farming bots everywhere is going to be a big IIoT (Industrial IoT) demand.
I'm dancing on Rainbows.
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ochoasrobots
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Re: Building the ultimate robotics curriculum with Raspberry Pi?

Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:52 pm

B.Goode wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:44 am
Are you aware of these resources from the Raspberry Pi Foundation?

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/digita ... urriculum/

https://curriculum.raspberrypi.org
Thank you! We'll check it out.

ochoasrobots
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Re: Building the ultimate robotics curriculum with Raspberry Pi?

Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:55 pm

Gavinmc42 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:29 am
Hey, do we get badges if we do those courses?
Robotics would be the master class version, robotics pretty much covers everything?

Do everything on Pi's?
Some of the stuff you want to do, Ubuntu etc is not Pi's friendly, yet.
And "Ultimate" is a high target :o
There is only continuous learning, everything else is just steps on a very long journey.
One I started in the 1970's and the end seems even further away, even if it is brighter :D

Break it down to something much smaller and constrained.
Say start with RC sumo bots and end with autonomous Sumo bots.

If you want something real world, try small scale farming bots.
Growing more food is going to be very important if population numbers end up close to forecast.
Small farming bots everywhere is going to be a big IIoT (Industrial IoT) demand.
Thanks for the input and insight! So true...no such thing as mastery. Only continuous learning!

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