This course introduces beginners to the field of Robotics; the students are progressively led from basic concepts to actual work with robots; students learn the history of robots; the work of early pioneers; the development of robots; the distinguishing features of robots such as an electronic brain, electronic sensors and mechanical extensors or arms; they get to create a mission algorithm for an actual robot and convert that to an actual program.

There are video sessions and discussion sessions to engage the students; there are personal assignments to students to come up with innovative ideas and areas of application for robots; there are also class activities when students interact with the real parts of a robot; students learn to assemble a simple robot and then send it on short missions; the emphasis is on doing; the class motto is “DO IT”.

What the students gain through this course:
  • Learn the difference between Robots and other Machines
  • Learn the History of robots: how humans fulfilled the dream for a Mechanical Man
  • Get to know the parts that make up a Robot: Robot brain, sensors, and extensors
  • Learn the Languages used to Program a Robot
  • Learn Basic commands for controlling a Robot
  • Get to work with an actual Robot
  • Learn how to convert a Mission Algorithm to an actual Program
Technical Takeaways:
  • Microcontrollers
  • Sensors
  • Actuators and Extensors
  • Arduino Programming Environment
  • Basic electronic Components
  • Simplified C Programming