Accession Number:

ADA402995

Title:

An Interactive Robot for Educating College-Bound Students About Engineering Disciplines

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UTAH UNIV SALT LAKE CITY DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-08-03

Pagination or Media Count:

165.0

Abstract:

The objective of this project is to design and build a ball-throwing robotic arm for the purpose of high school visits. When taken to local high school physics classes, this ball-throwing arm experience will present college bound high school students with a series of activities that will allow them to interact with typical challenges found in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. Stimulating interest and understanding of engineering challenges amongst younger students is critical in helping them make informed decisions affecting future careers in engineering. The key challenges in this project include 1 designing an appropriate robotic arm 2 building it 3 creating a computer implemented control system which can converge two positions and two velocities at a pre-specified instant in time and 4 preparing exciting interactive presentations and support materials that will effectively educate high school students about their career interests.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE