Exploring Robotics Curriculum Presentations 

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Section 1: Robotics Overview, Simulation, History, and Safety·

1. Introduction to Robotics (23 min)

What is a robot and why are they built – applications and uses.

Explain applications of robots in different industries.

Compare robots to automated machines and explain the differences.

Identify the three laws of robots, who wrote them, and why they are important.


2. Simulation in Technology (20 min)

Types and uses of simulation in technology and education.

Explain benefits of using 3D CAD tools and simulation software.

Identify the dimensions used in 3D CAD and simulations

3. Robot Systems (43 min)

Robots compared to human anatomy and a systematic view of how robots are constructed.

Explain robot systems and compare to human anatomy.

Explain how system concepts are used in engineering and technology.

4. History Introduction & Creativity (11 min)

The creative process, importance of teamwork, and evolution of technology.

History of Robots - Timeline (35 min)

Major inventions from the 1100’s to 2000’s that have affected robotics.

Trace major developments in the evolution of technology and robots.

Explain the impact of foundational technical developments which led up to robotics.

5. Robot Workplace Safety (18 min)

Safety mechanisms and how to be safe when working with robots.

Demonstrate how to maintain a safe work environment around robots.

Demonstrate what to do if an accident occurs around robots.

Exemplify protective gear used with robots.

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Section 2: Robot Programming, Control, Motion, and Motors 

6. Robot Programming (30 min)

Introduction to Programming – languages and how programs are created and loaded onto robots.

Explain the basic steps or process of programming.

Identify program commands, and explain how they are used.

7. How Robots are Controlled (37 min)

How robots are controlled - manually, with teaching pendants, and programs.

Explain the methods used to manually control robots.

Explain what a teaching pendant is and how it works.

Explain what a control loop is and how it is used with robots.

8. Robot DNA & Gear Calculations (24 min)

How robots are made up of parts used in many machines, with calculations for gear reduction and velocity.

Define and calculate velocity and gear reduction.

Explain the concepts of gear ratios and gear reduction and be able to apply it.

Explain how modern robots are different than automated machines.

9. Robot Motors (35 min)

Common motors used in robots and how they work.

Compare servo and stepper motors and how they are used in robotics.

Explain how a DC motor works and identify the parts of a motor.

Explain the concepts of pulses and revolutions per minute used in stepper motors.

10. Horsepower and Torque (30 min)

Torque and Horsepower Calculations and how they are used with robots.

Explain how voltage and current can affect horsepower and torque.

Explain the concepts of velocity and acceleration in relation to motors.

Use a formula to calculate Torque.


Section 3: Robot Movement, Drives, Sensors and Autonomous Motion

11. Types of Robots (33 min)boe-bot-real

Classifications of robots and defining position and rotation in 3D space.

Identify types of industrial robots .

Explain the differences between pick and place, polar, linear, cartesian, and cylindrical robots and how they move objects.

Explain the criteria used to choose industrial robots.

Explain the concept of Degrees of Freedom (DOF) in application to robots.

12. How Robots Move (34 min)

Types of motion, examples of robotic power systems and how they generate motion.

Explain the three types of motion robots use.

Explain the difference between Pneumatics and Hydraulics and how they are used to generate motion.

Explain the methods robots use to generate motion.

Explain what actuators are and recognize actuators used in robots.

13. Robot Drive Systems (32 min)

The Power drive train, types of gears, and drive mechanisms for robots.

Explain what a robot drive system is and what it can contain.

Explain the types of gears used to convert rotary motion to linear motion.

Explain the concepts of friction and traction and how they affect movement.

14. Autonomous Motion and AI (36 min)

How robots make decisions and avoid obstacles, and what is artificial intelligence.

Explain why autonomous motion is used in robots.

Explain the difference between AI and programmatic decision-based control.

Explain the methods used to help robots avoid humans for safety.

Explain what OSHA stands for and what it does.

15. Robotic Sensors (34 min)

Many types of sensors used on robots and their applications.

Explain and identify internal and external robotic sensors.

Explain switches and why they are used.

Explain the concept of calibration of sensors and why it is important.

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Section 4: Robot Controls, End Effectors, ROVs and Autonomous Vehicles

16. Controlling Motion (20 min)new3

Control Loops and mechanical devices used for control of robots.

Exemplify common devices used for measuring speed, distance, and controlling motion.

Explain how encoders measure distance.

Identify common devices used for motion control (mechanical stop, optical encoder, etc.).

Explain how computers and microcontrollers are used for controlling motion.

17. ROVs and Autonomous Vehicles part 1 (37 min)

Overview of ROVs, air and water ROVs.

Compare and contrast teleoperation to telepresence.

Identify remote interface methods used with ROVs.

ROVs and Autonomous Vehicles part 2 (29 min)

Ground ROVs, autonomous vehicles, and camera systems.

Identify military unmanned ROVs.

18. Robot End Effectors (43 min)

How robots grasp and move objects (the hands of a robot) and the tools they use.

Compare and contrast collet grippers, magnetic grippers, vacuum grippers, and expandable grippers and how each is used.

Explain what Prehensility is in relation to end effectors.

Identify the degrees of freedom and dexterous workspace of a robot arm.

Identify examples of robot end effector tools used in industry.

19. Choosing End Effectors (18 min)

Criteria for choosing end effectors for industrial applications.

Explain how end effectors are chosen for industrial applications.

Explain how the part to be handled has an effect on choosing end effectors.

Identify various criteria used for choosing end effectors.


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Section 5: Having Fun, Gazing into the Future, and Choosing a Career with Robotics

20. Robots You Can Build (26 min)new7

A broad overview of the many available kits, books, and where to get parts.

Exemplify various types of robot kits available for building robots.

Identify sources for buying kits and robot parts.

21. Robot Competitions (30 min)

Many robotic competitions available for participation or volunteering.

Exemplify types of competitions available for robotics.

Explain various high school and college robot competitions.

Identify robot competitions.

22. Future of Robotics part 1 (28 min)

From Internet to Robotics, A Roadmap for US Robotics in Manufacturing & Health Care

Explain future predictions of industrial, medical, and personal assistant robots.

Explain education and training needs to advance robotics.

Explain future predictions of  autonomous vehicles

Future of Robotics part 2 (27 min)

From Internet to Robotics, A Roadmap for US Robotics in adaptive learning, vision systems, service robots,· human interaction, and communication.

Conduct research on future of robotics.

Explain how robots are changing in one or more industries.

23. Technical Careers Introduction (12 min)

Types of career paths, choosing engineering, and where to find jobs - companies who hire.

Identify the various career paths and jobs that include robotics.

Explain what types of companies hire people who have training in robotics.

Explain the education and training requirements of some technical careers.

24. Technical Careers (45 min)

More than 50 career overviews with salaries & education requirements.

Conduct research on one or more careers related to robotics.

Explain education and training requirements of career choice.

Explain path toward obtaining career choice.


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