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Learning Arduino in Tinkercad Circuits

learning modules.PNG offers great self paced tutorials on setting up Arduino circuits and writing the code. This resource could be used in a remote learning scenario, face to face, or hybrid. 

Visit for additional resources on teaching arudino in a "normal classroom setting"

Arduino Skill Builder

3D printed Robotic Arm

Students can design, fabricate, and code their own working robotic arm

Peru CSD Robotics class completed the EEZYbot MK1 prior to entering into distance learning in the spring of 2020. The MK1 is easy to customize and assemble. This build introduces students to blueprint reading, CAD, hardware and fasteners, and the mechanics of a robotic arm. 

At the bottom of this section is an overview of the learning sequence the students experienced. 

Peru CSD robotics class for 2020-2021 will be completing the MK2. This robotic arm will be wired and coded very similarily to the MK1, but the larger servo motors will make the build more Exciting!

Learning Sequence

The "best practice" Peru CSD Students had for success was prerecorded lessons and an assignment followed by a LIVE classroom meet-up the next class. 

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Students should become familiar with simple circuits and Arduino basics prior to starting this unit. 

When students are entering into the last part of the Arduino skill builders have them also begin assembling the robot. 

In 2020 this was already complete, however this could be done at a distance if parts are made ahead of time. I suggest a LIVE classroom meet up and build it together!

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Peru CSD students had a series of skill builders to brought them to coding the entire robotic arm.

-Code and wire a servo

-Add a breadboard

-Add 3 additional servo motors

-Make the servo motors work independently

Students were introduced to work envelope and degrees of freedom of a robot. 

Students fill out a chart from the LIVE meet-up to collect data for their code. 

Chart Here

Students then updated their codes for the next LIVE class. 

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DOBOT Magician Robotic Arm

The DOBOT Magician Robotic Arm is a great way to teach students about industrial robotics and their applications


Learning Sequence

The "best practice" Peru CSD Students had for success was prerecorded lessons and an assignment followed by a LIVE classroom meet-up the next class. 

Students made drawings of the work envelope for reference

Introduction to the suction cup end effector and pick and place motions

The Dobot can be programmed with blockly. Students sent their codes to the teacher via a google doc. 

Pick and Place with the coordinate system 

Introduction to a claw end effector. This added the rotation angle of the end effector for students to incorporate. 

Peru CSD students then added the conveyor attachment to create a workcell with the robotic arm. 

Students final project was to combine a robotic arm, conveyor, and a 2nd robotic arm with a custom end effector (refer to end effector section if interested) to create a complete work cell. 

3D printed arm

Custom End Effectors for the

DOBOT Magician Robotic Arm

Multiple courses can take advantage of the Dobot Magician. Peru CSD's Manufacturing and Engineering Classes completed a unit of designing custom end effectors. 

Students designed their end effector on or Fusion360 which were then 3D printed on a school printer remotely. 


Special Discount for Teachers/Schools

I have had great success teaching manufacturing and robotics remotely with the use of DOBOT Robotics

Link to Project Example

Dobot has given me a discount code to share 

(I dont get a kick-back, just want to pass along the opportunity!)

Email to request the discount code

End Effector
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