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We want to put a RPLIDAR 360 Degree Laser Scanner on a bot and have the bot map out the classroom and be able to navigate without the robot getting stuck or bumping into objects in the room. Before working on mapping out the class room, I would have to test out the laser scanner. I would first try to find out how the robot sees the data that is being created with the scanner. After this, I would test the laser scanner in an environment that is always changing to see the outcome of the map. After finding out this information, I would be able to map out the classroom. Once I are able to get a two-dimensional map of the classroom, I would try to put the laser scanner on either a telescopic pole or an aerial drone and attempt to create a three-dimensional map of the classroom.

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Low Cost 3D laser Scanner

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School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jason Ness 
Students Impacted:
36 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 17, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Jabil & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $398.00

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Goal

We want to put a RPLIDAR 360 Degree Laser Scanner on a bot and have the bot map out the classroom and be able to navigate without the robot getting stuck or bumping into objects in the room. Before working on mapping out the class room, I would have to test out the laser scanner. I would first try to find out how the robot sees the data that is being created with the scanner. After this, I would test the laser scanner in an environment that is always changing to see the outcome of the map. After finding out this information, I would be able to map out the classroom. Once I are able to get a two-dimensional map of the classroom, I would try to put the laser scanner on either a telescopic pole or an aerial drone and attempt to create a three-dimensional map of the classroom. 

 

What will be done with my students

Even though the RPLIDAR 360 Degree Laser Scanner can be used to create a map of the area the bot with the scanner is in, it also allows students to do much more. With this laser scanner, students can build robots that can avoid obstacles. The robot can also create three-dimensional models interact with people and act as a security system. The use of this sensor will not be a one-time activity and can be integrated in any build. In the past robotics classes, we did very basic obstacle avoidance builds using basic ultrasonic range finders. Because this is the advanced robotics course, we would be doing advanced obstacle avoidance and navigation with a more advanced sensor. 

 

Benefits to my students

We have always been able to build robots that can navigate in a maze or obstacle course but we have not been able to make a robot that could truly make navigation decisions based on where it was located. With the RPLIDAR 360 Degree Laser Scanner, we will be able to make a robot that can map out a location (both indoors and outside) and make navigation decisions based on the entire area itself and not just a straight line directly in front of the bot. 

 

Describe the Students

I have 145 students in four different levels of honors robotics at the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, a STEM magnet school within Lakewood High School, a Title 1 school. 

 

Budget Narrative

3D laser scanners usually cost at least $2000 and range up to $80,000. It is the same technology used in Google cars to map the road and obstacles. This development product is new on the market and is very affordable. It provides students an accessible way to get hands on experience with very advanced technology. This grant is for one 3D laser scanner, which we will interface with our existing computers and programming boards. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 1. 1 RPLIDAR 360 Degree Laser Scanner Development Kit $398.00
  Total: $398.00

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