Online – Self-Paced – Intro Level
Construct a drawing bot and robotic arm
Most robots today are used to do repetitive actions or jobs considered too dangerous for humans. They’re used in factories to build things like cars, candy bars, and electronics. Robots are now used in medicine, military tactics, marine biology, space exploration, and countless other fields. In TH 203: Robotics & Mechatronics 2, you’ll develop skills to turn your WiFi-controlled robot into a drawing bot and add a robotic arm to make it a do a variety of useful things.
You will continue to 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: TH 204 – Music & Acoustics for Engineering and Technology 1.
2 hands-on projects that teach you how to build a WiFi-controlled robot and remote controller
Project 1: Robotic pen plotter
Project 2: Robotic arm
A combination of sensors, modules, acrylic pieces, and smaller components:
Level 2 chassis
Servo driver board
Line finder module
Taped acrylic sheet
Male-to-male jumper cords
Cables, nuts, bolts
Jumpers, rubber bands
Here are some things you’ll need before you get started:
Improve your WiFi bot with drawing capabilities. Use pre-programmed logic to make shapes. Or take it to the next level with mathematical calculations to make your shapes picture perfect.
Build a 3-axis robot arm and attach it to your WiFi-bot. Learn the advanced kinematics behind controlling something in 3D space. You’ll also add grabbing and placement ability to your driving and drawing robot!
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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