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Robotics Instruction Course
by: Redhead Jokes

_Our Northrop Robotics’ Engineer and his fellow mentors are teaching this course each Sunday, open to FIRST teams.

"This document is written to accompany a course of instruction in robotics fundamentals for high school students participating in a competitive robotics team. Our intent in prepa…_

Our Northrop Robotics’ Engineer and his fellow mentors are teaching this course each Sunday, open to FIRST teams.

"This document is written to accompany a course of instruction in robotics fundamentals for high school students participating in a competitive robotics team. Our intent in preparing the course content is to keep the material accessible to motivated high school freshmen yet allow it to be stimulating to seniors. The course covers topics essential to an understanding of robotics for a contributing competitive team member.

Robotics is a discipline at the intersection of mechanics, electronics, and computer science. As an area of research, the hard problems of robotics are algorithmic, so robotics is properly placed in the computer science departments of most universities. Robotic algorithms are founded on the physical world in which robots find themselves, so the mechanical and electrical topics are treated here first.

Part 1 is an introduction to mechanics that reviews analytic geometry and vectors before describing Newtonian statics. Part 2 is an introduction to strength of materials and structures. Part 3 is an introduction to mechanical design. Part 4 introduces electricity and DC circuits. Part 5 is an overview of motive power including batteries, motors, and control circuits. Part 6 is an introduction to computer programming. Part 7 introduces robot algorithms.

This document is maintained in Microsoft Word and exported to HTML format for Web publication. As such, it may be best viewed with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. We have found that some versions of Netscape do not properly display the Greek letters used in some of the equations here.

FIRST team 294, Beach Cities Robotics, has many talented and highly productive female contributors. The English language has no gender-neutral singular personal pronoun. The use of the default masculine pronouns here for generic indication is not intended as a slight to the female gender. That’s just the way English grammar is, and professional technical writers often believe that grammatical correctness is more important than political correctness.

This instruction course material continues to be a work in progress and is updated from time to time (see the version history section). New sections under consideration include programming for the FIRST controller (Mark Miller) and teamwork and strategy (author TBD)."

(for updates, www.bcrobotics.org “Community Education” has the link to the ever updated document.

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