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Latta High School is providing an early-bird class beginning this Fall (7:30am until 8:15am, Mon-Fri) for robotics and electronics. In the class, students will design and build microprocessor and computer controlled vehicles that are semi-autonomous.
The course begins in the first few days with students building small microprocessor controlled motor/servo/stepper projects that also incorporate sensors. Students will learn and apply electronic principals to calculate voltage, current, and power consumption. Students will solder electrical components and connections to circuit boards in the building process. They will utilize 3-D CAD programs and 3-D printers to create parts for projects, including robot components. Some of these designs may be sent out for professional laser- and plasma-CNC cutting when parts require strength.
As students improve their understanding of these topics, they will begin to plan for, design, and build a large semi-autonomous robotic vehicle as a class project. This project will serve as a platform for performing a task (or multiple tasks) as envisioned by the class. This could include robotic arms and/or cameras and sensors.
The microprocessors students will begin with include the Arduino Nano, Uno, and Zero. Computers will include the Raspberry Pi (version 3). Students will each have their own equipment and parts so everyone will get the same opportunity to learn and build.
Because the class is only 45 minutes a day, students will be required to work smart, study if necessary, perform research on their own to find answers to many of their own questions, and focus on what they are doing.