Robotics Crash Course

The “Robotics Crash Course” is an introductory course to understanding the fundamentals of how mobile robotic systems function. Learning about how to integrate sensors and actuators (sometimes called motors) using a micro-processor, is a central lesson taught throughout the timeline of the class. Students will assemble and program a WiFi controlled robot. This course is a great introduction to many courses you will see throughout your college engineering education curriculum.

This class is open to 10th and 11th graders.

Instructors: Michael Giglia, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Staff and Adjunct Faculty, and Cooper Union student teaching assistants

Prerequisites: Experience programming in an object-oriented language such as C, C++, Java, or Python.

Teaching method: Online, Real time, Synchronous. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through daily scheduled lectures, discussions, and practice sessions.

Materials: A CU@Home kit will be provided to students living in the United States only.

Technology Requirements:

Class: Computer with camera and microphone to participate in online video class (Zoom) and project work at the same time.

Project work: Computer with WiFi to use web-based software and file management system (Microsoft Office and Teams). Camera to collect images and video of your project and upload to presentation and portfolio.

Credits: 0.00

Course Code: STEM 215

Instructor(s): Michael Giglia

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