(The Gist of Science Reporter) Robotic Kids [DECEMBER-2019]
(The Gist of Science Reporter)
Robotic education aided with robotic kits helps students to keep pace
with the ever changing technological scenario and scale up their knowledge
accordingly. It also provides the students, learners or researcher practical
knowledge on the robotic mechanism, functionally and many more
technicalities related to it.
Teaching robotics through kits has taken up the attention of scholars
worldwide and they are working on providing innovative and authentic
learning in the area of robotics teaching. Some such kits are discussed
A robotic arm is versatile and can serve several other functions. All
these are possible because of many kinds of parts it is made up of like
suction cups, holders, joints, etc. In robotic arms, advance servo motors
are embedded to perform various activities with accuracy and precision. The
languages that can be used to make such arms function are C ++, C, Python,
etc. These arms can be controlled through mobile phones, personal computers,
Remote Control Wireless Machine:
Students are generally familiar with such robots as they have grown up
playing with robotic cars. Through these kits a learner or a student learns
about programming, mechanics and robotic activities. The languages used in
programming robotic remote controlled car or machine are C -T +, C and
Humanoid Educational Robots:
Humanoid robots are very effective in teaching robotic movement and
various programming languages are required to study the robotic movements.
These kinds of robotic kits create a great deal of excitement among the
learners Such robots are programmed using programming languages such as
ScratchX, Python, embedded C and C ++. These also help the students
understand the basic anatomy of the human body. All motor movements and
controls of human body can be studied through it.
Obstruction Detection Educational Robots:
There are low-cost obstruction detection robotic kits that help students
understand how artificial intelligence can help a machine to analyze the
environment around it and work accordingly. The robots are programmed to
avoid the unknown and unaware environment according to pre-programmed codes.
The application of proximity sensors can help robots avoid any obstacles in
the path. Through such kits students are also taught about robotic neural
networks and Bayesian networks.
Light Detector Educational Robots:
Such robots move in the direction of light using embedded algorithms and
artificial intelligence. For example, when light falls on the right side of
the robot it will move towards the right and if it falls on the left side it
will move towards the left. Such robots are also programmed to move against
the light direction.
For example, during the lighted condition it will stop moving and it will
move in the dark, Parts used in such robots are light dependant resistors,
drivers, comparators, motors, power source and light sources.
Scribbler Sensor Sensitive Education Robots:
Scribbler is one of the most popular educational robots. Such robotics
kits can be used to teach students the essentials of robotics, programming
languages, music, mathematics and physics.
Such robots are multi-robot manipulators. As several functions and detectors
are installed in it, this robot is used to understand multiple functions
like proper system feedback and control mechanism working in a robot.
Programming Control Educational Starter Kit:
Such kits are basically arduino-based and help students to understand
programming as well as electronic knowhow of robotic functionalities. Some
starters’ robotic kits like a calculator-controlled robot can help students
have hands-on experience of studying mathematics and innovative science.
Students can learn TI-BASIC through it