Teaching robot rapid prototyping for non-engineers - a minimalistic approach

Kimmo Karvinen*

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Interdisciplinary involvement can bring out innovations and approaches to the robot design process that would not otherwise be possible. To utilise fully expertise from other areas than engineering, non-engineers need a basic robotics and embedded systems knowledge, allowing them to actively participate in robot development projects. In this article, a method of teaching robot rapid prototyping to non-engineers is proposed. A minimalistic skill set is defined, aiming to enable students to design and build basic robot rapid-prototypes. In addition to creating tangible results fast, the specified skill set also provides a solid context for elaborating different areas of embedded systems and robotics. Limited implementation of the method was tested in a two-day robot workshop in the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. The workshop was divided into one day of theory and one day of students building their robots. The case study indicates that the skills needed for designing and building basic robots and embedded systems can be summarised in a package that can be presented in one day.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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