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Robotics for Everyone!

Seminar Leader:
Jorge Santiago-Aviles


Participating teachers will be able to take back to their students some basic principles that illustrate what is a robot, what it can do, and how to put together a simple robot. Robots provide the teachers with a wonderful context for the study/learning of physics, chemistry, math, computer science, and engineering/technology (all the STEM disciplines). Also, elementary schools are increasingly involved with junior LEGO league robotics competitions. The seminar is therefore appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school teachers of science.
This seminar will focus on the principles and practice of robotics. It will be in the form of a series of weekly workshops (hands-on) in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Electrical Engineering facilities. Experienced robotics instructors are welcome, but no previous knowledge of robotics or electronics is required. All of the exercises will be self-contained. Necessary hardware and equipment will be furnished.
The workshop participants will learn fundamental aspects of: systems and system dynamics; feedback and control strategies; sensors, actuators and signal conditioning; interfacing hardware to computers/controllers; and simple computer programming and coding.

Unit TitleAuthor


“Hack A Banana”: The Playful Side of Engineering — Using Cool Tools to Teach and Help Others

Dale Apple
Keywords: circuits, coding, electronics, engineering, programming

Making It to Learn

Vicki Baker
Keywords: algebra, Arduino, arm, gripper, robotics

Robotics: Creating the Limitless Potential of Nanotechnology

Troy J. Holiday
Keywords: design, Nanotechnology, robotics, Technology

Introduction to Coding: Computer Programming and Robotics

Ambra Hook
Keywords: coding, gaming, Lego, Mindstorm, NXT, programming sprites, robotics, Scratch, STEM

Engineering Physics: Modding and Making

Klint Kanopka
Keywords: 3d, 3d carving, 3d printing, advanced placement, advanced placement physics, ap, ap physics, Arduino, building, CAD, construction, design, design thinking, engineering, fabrication, maker, makered, makerspace, making, Math, mathematics, physics, problem based learning, problem solving, project based learning, robot, robotics, Science, tools

Influencing Environmental Policy with Real Data

Meagan C. Rubino
Keywords: Energy Efficiency, Environmental Science, Government, History, legislation

The Chemistry of Semiconductor Integrated Circuits

Cristobal Carambo
Keywords: chemis, Chemistry, electric circuits, electricity, Electrochemistry, electronics, engineering, Physical Science, physics, physics vocabulary, Science

Robotix and Mathematix: A Great Relationship

Anne Cherian
Keywords: algebra, Algebra 1, Algebraic Equations, Build interest in mathematics, high school math, Math, Math in Context, mathematics

Increasing Student Awareness of STEM Careers in High School Science

Stuart Surrey
Keywords: career, Environmental Science, Physical Science, robotics, Robots, Science, Scientific inquiry, STEM Careers