Electrical Foundations with Arduino (Shield-Bot) Anytime Online Training
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In this training, you will learn how to teach the electrical competencies real-world robotics technicians use every day. Tuition includes online access to CS2N and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Training Materials. To follow along with this course, you will need some tools and inexpensive classroom materials (not included with tuition). The
Electrical Foundations focuses on the foundational concepts around basic electricity and how circuits work. In this course, students learn how to use multimeters to measure various parts of a circuit. Students learn how to control signals using a microcontroller, how to utilize binary sensors like Limit Switches, and analog sensors like an Ultrasonic Sensor. The culminating project is an e-panel consisting of all of the components found in a typical robotic system. It is one of five courses developed as part of the Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training (SMART) Project, funded by the ARM Institute. Please see Robotics Technician Curricula for more information.
This unit dives into creating our very first circuit. We build their way toward adding components like a switch to begin controlling the power. We also get the chance to use a very important tool, called the Multimeter, which allows us to take measurements of Voltage. The unit project for this is to create a Lightbox that incorporates all of the wiring, battery, and switches used in the unit.
For the second unit, we start learning that circuits can be put together in different ways where if you cut off one circuit, the other(s) can still function. This is the idea of having series vs. parallel circuits. The unit project for this involves creating multiple parallel circuits that result in an LED sign.
For this unit, a new concept comes into play: Current. We try to power up a motor, but see that it needs more voltage and current. Using the Multimeter, we are able to get some Current readings from the circuit. The Unit project for this unit requires us to make a fan.
Unit 4: Controlling Signals
Unit 4 involves incorporating the Arduino into our circuits. The Arduino allows us to control signals from circuits using programs. We make a few modifications to some sample programs to get an idea of what it takes to manipulate some values to get some interesting results.
Unit 5: Sensors
For Unit 5, we start to find ways to gather data from the environment using sensors. In particular, we use a Limit Switch, and a Distance Sensor. Using these sensors allow us to determine when to react to detecting a bump, or if something is near. The unit project involves creating an autonomous kicker that detects an object, and then kicks it out.
Unit 6: E-Panel
Lastly, Unit 6 involves doing the planning. In particular, we know which components we are going to use. This allows us to lay out where the components go, and then cut the wires to size. We also learn that labeling and using conduits are helpful to future proof the electronics panel.
The following is required to complete this course:
Computer System Requirements
- Windows® 7, 8, 10 or later / Mac® OSX 10.8 or later
- Modern Web Browser and PDF Viewer
- At least one available USB port
- Broadband Internet connection
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