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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2000 vol. 15)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 32-39
This article describes an initial implementation of a hands-on/heads-on laboratory component to provide a self-learning experience for engineering and computer science undergraduates, enrich robotics education, and teach interdisciplinary teamwork, in the context of a new robotics course taught at carnegie mellon university. New advancements in microcontroller technology, and their interface with lego blocks, provide a new opportunity for self-paced labs for robotics education where students build small robot devices, such as an arm, to reinforce topics covered in lecture. With these tools, students will also develop skills in self-education while exploring concepts relevant to engineering and computer science that go far beyond robotics. In order to put together these mechatronic devices together, students must master basics in controls, electronics, embedded systems, programming, interfacing.

M. Rosenblatt and H. Choset, "Designing and Implementing Hands-On Robotics Labs," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 15, no. , pp. 32-39, 2000.
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