Designing and implementing hands-on robotics labs

M. Rosenblatt, H. Choset
2000 IEEE Intelligent Systems and their Applications  
AS PART OF A RIGOROUS ROBOT- ics curriculum at Carnegie Mellon University, we have developed and implemented open-ended design and construction lab experiences. In the long term, we want to develop similar lab-like experiences where students design and build artifacts to complement conventional science and mathematics education. Reporting on a first step in that direction, this article focuses on implementation of design and construction experiences for a robotics course. Our choice for
more » ... was rather serendipitous: we are roboticists trying to teach robotics. Fortunately, because of its flexibility, robotics education provides an ideal setting for testing new educational approaches. Unlike traditional fields, robotics is still emerging. Relatively few programs exist at the graduate level-even fewer at the undergraduate level-and the courses that do exist are still new, open to rapid change, and amenable to new approaches. Course goals can change from year to year as the field adopts new technologies (especially computer microcontrollers) and theories.
doi:10.1109/5254.895856 fatcat:kicnrvzgavgntg234rfloklgem