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The goal for the project is to give the students the ability to create and program a robot that can not only navigate itself through a maze without prior knowledge of the course setup, but can also repeat the maze with no mistakes. This will be done using an Arduino Romeo board equipped with an IMU shield attached to a base. The project will be a test of programming and logic. As machine learning is becoming a very important part of Artificial intelligence research, the programming will be useful and enough of a challenge to provide the class with a gradable score for the build. The bot will be built using a simple, small platform that can interface with Arduino and the sensors needed to interface with the microcontroller to navigate through the maze. An IMU board attached to the Arduino will allow for navigational data and the ZigBee module will allow multiple robots to �talk� to each other about paths and decisions.

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Learning Robots

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

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jabil & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $502.68

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Goal

The goal for the project is to give the students the ability to create and program a robot that can not only navigate itself through a maze without prior knowledge of the course setup, but can also repeat the maze with no mistakes. This will be done using an Arduino Romeo board equipped with an IMU shield attached to a base. The project will be a test of programming and logic. As machine learning is becoming a very important part of Artificial intelligence research, the programming will be useful and enough of a challenge to provide the class with a gradable score for the build. The bot will be built using a simple, small platform that can interface with Arduino and the sensors needed to interface with the microcontroller to navigate through the maze. An IMU board attached to the Arduino will allow for navigational data and the ZigBee module will allow multiple robots to �talk� to each other about paths and decisions.  

 

What will be done with my students

This project will be a programming project available to upper-level students who have programming skill necessary to create the program and learn from these advanced input and output devices. Each year the parts and software that is required will be made available to the students in the Robotics 3 classes to create the bot and try to program the autonomy and to students in the Robotics 4 classes to finish the program and perhaps modify the build and program to add more sensors or challenges that can be applied to situations in the real world. In the robotics 3 and 4 classes, the students break off into groups that work together to reach a similar goal, and with multiple kits available for this project, multiple groups will be able to compete and help each other reach this goal. The programming experience that can be gained from this project will also be extremely helpful for the students to prepare for future challenges.  

 

Benefits to my students

The real world situations that can be applied to this build and programming challenge could prove to be a huge benefit in the student�s portfolios as well as their knowledge of the programming algorithms that will prove to be very important in the world of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. As students will, at this time, already be familiar with how to operate the Arduino micro controllers and their input and output fields, breakouts and shields, the project will be one that is easy for the teacher to deal with grade-wise and will give the teacher more time to help the students with the project and learning the IMU functions one on one, and, perhaps learn something new from the students. The amount of modification and extra experiences that can come from the final product and the creation of the build and working with Arduino will help the Robotics 3 students with the challenges to come in Robotics 4 and will give the Capstone students a challenge to work with. 

 

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

In order for the students to complete this project, it will need at least five major parts � the motorized base on which the robot will drive, the Arduino Romeo micro controller, and the IMU Arduino shield used for positioning, a ZigBee module for wireless communications, and finally a sensor package for detecting objects around it. The Arduino microcontroller is strong enough to handle all functions necessary and can be attached to a wide range of bases available and has many shields available to add extra functions. These parts are completely reusable from year to year. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 $79.90
2 2x 2WD Mobile Platform for Arduino $73.50
3 3x ZigBee Pro Module $59.70
4 2x IMU 10 DOF $100.98
5 2x wheel encoder kit $23.10
6 6x Line Tracking Sensor for Arduino $45.90
7 8x Sharp IR Range Sensor/ Cable $119.60
  Total: $502.68

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