Let's Make Robots!


I've been asigned a project to make a learning site with Intellibrain Bot tutorials. I have to explain only software side of it and I know most of it. But I have never teached anyone anything and I have never been realy teached robotics, all the stuff I learned is from examples and asking people on internet for specific problems.

So my question is in what order should I make it? How to teach people who never used a PC to program robots in Java?

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You say you only have to teach the software side of it but the software and hardware go hand in hand.

For example, you can explain the software for making a LED blink but the student must first know how to connect the LED. Which leg is anode, which is cathode and how much resistance to put in series so the LED and processor are not damaged by excess current.

Good teaching is never as easy as others make it sound.

But i should only make lessons for intellibrain bots for competitions, and teach people how to solve mazes, follow lines, use encoders and avoid obstacles.

And there is a detailed assembly instruction on offitial intellibrain page.

Simply start where we all (should have) started... Get a led to blink.

--Everything is there:

High/ low

pause/ delay

output pins


how to send a program to a pic

etc. etc. etc.

So Chris, you think i should make a LED blink, before i start building my first robot?

I just ordered the 'start here' package, but perhaps i should spend some time on a LED first. Is it possible to do with just the PICAXE developement board (and a LED ofcourse) or do you need some breadboard stuff (i know nothing about electronics)?


Oh, and sorry for hijacking the thread :)