Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level
Build a WiFi-controlled robot and remote controller
The age of robots is upon us. They are in our homes, in our workplace, and all around us in the form of drones, driverless cars, heavy duty machinery, etc. This two-part course introduces you to the world of robots, the mechanics behind them, and what it takes to build a robot from scratch.
In TH 202: Robotics & Mechatronics 1, you will learn how to build a WiFi-controlled robot and bring it to life with a remote controller (that you assemble, too!) You will learn fundamental theory, modeling methods, hardware components, interfacing requirements, simulation and programming tools, and practical applications of robotics and mechatronics. To be successful, you’ll need to commit 2-4 hours to complete this course. Our learning portal contains step-by-step instructions and videos to help you build each of the 2 robotics projects. If you get stuck or have questions, you can use our community forum to ask for help or collaborate with others.
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be prepared to take the next course in this two-part series: TH 203: Robotics & Mechatronics 2
2 hands-on projects that teach you how to build a WiFi-controlled robot and remote controller
Project 1: WiFi-controlled Robot
Project 2: Remote controller
A combination of sensors, modules, acrylic pieces, and smaller components:
DC motors with gear box
I2C motor driver
9 volt AA battery holder
Line finder module
Remote controller plates
Steel omni wheel
Cables, nuts, bolts
9 volt barrel connector
Here are some things you’ll need before you get started:
MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4
You’ll learn how to assemble the base of the robot and connect it to WiFi to control it remotely. You’ll also learn about infrared waves and create your own web server using HTML and CSS.
Now you’re ready to control your WiFi robot by building a controller to drive it around. You’ll walk away from this project knowing the basic kinematics and communication protocol behind robot control systems.
Thimble courses are for students ages 10+. If students are younger, parent or teacher supervision is strongly recommended.
On average, our courses require one month to complete (depending how fast you go). That time will be spent watching video lessons and building projects.
We created Thimble to teach beginners a basic understanding of electronics, engineering, and code. We assume you have no prior knowledge; all we ask if that you have a hunger to learn.
Other platforms teach coding only. We teach hardware and software – putting real engineering tools in your hands to learn complex STEM skills used in industry.
You’ll receive online access to course instructions, video tutorials, and support forums. We’ll ship you the components and tools to build your hands-on projects.
If you want to take in-person courses that cost thousands of $$$, Thimble isn’t for you. Want an intro to STEM that’s taught at a fraction of the price? You’re in the right place.
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