Ages 10 and older
Getting started with the Robotics Workshop STEM Kit will intrigue and engage cadets, students and adults in an exciting manner with endless possibilities for extension. Build and program robots with this complete robotics engineering system. Using sensors, motors, a core controller, and hundreds of snap-together building pieces, you can follow the instructions to assemble 12 different robots. The versatile parts also allow you to make robots according to your own designs over and over again. This fun robotics curriculum starts out with instructions for building simple robots, teaching you how the sensors can be used to control the robots. Build an ultrasound robot that can avoid obstacles, a line tracker robot, a touch sensor robot, and a doodling robot. Move on to more complex robots that have multiple functions, such as a ball-manipulating robot, a crawling robot, and a grabbing robot. Finally build some functional, helpful robotics including an automated door-opening robot and a protected robotic safe to store your valuables. After you have mastered all the robotic models in the instructions, you will have the tools and knowledge you need to go on and build and program your own amazing robotic creations. The robots can be controlled directly in real-time and programmed to perform series of commands using an easy-to-use, free downloadable app on tablets and smartphones. The app wirelessly connects to the core controller using a Bluetooth low-energy connection. You can create more complex programs using the open-source visual block programming editor "CB1 Blockly" on a PC with a USB connection to the core controller. A 96-page, full-color manual features step-by-step illustrated building instructions and instructions for how to program and operate the models.
NOTE: Not included but needed for this kit is a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android that can download the CB1 Blockly app. To check compatibility before applying, visit https://store.thamesandkosmos.com/products/robotics-workshop.
The program will complement CAP's Robotics curriculum, which can be found in the AE Downloads and Resources section of CAP's member portal, eServices. Tapping the expertise of CAP's robotics experts, or others in the area, will help guide youth toward exciting career possibilities -- AND -- provide some assistance and guidance in building and using this Robotic STEM Kit. This beginning project can lead to involvement in national competitions such as FIRST, BEST, Botball, VEX, National Underwater Robotics and others.
Space Connection: Youth can explore careers in robotics to include manufacturing, unmanned space exploration, prosthetic engineering, and other medical applications. Having youth explore the unique uses of robotics in space can enhance this kit's potential. Check out Robotics in Space: Past, Present and Future HERE.
Approved applicants can expect to receive one or two Robotics Workshop STEM Kits.