Arduino Robotics Reference Manual for School
August 4, 2013
G'day again all.
As some of you are aware I volunteer every Friday at a local high school to teach a robotics class. These lessons have been going for 6 months now and we have covered quite a lot. I have made a few robots along the way to help teach the concepts (Ben and James) of robotics, allowing the kids to build these robots and program them.
Their holidays just ended and we had our first lesson back for the semester last Friday. In this lesson I discussed with the kids what they understood from last semester, what they didn't and how good they thought I was as a teacher. It took them a little while to warm up, but after some friendly banter I got the ball rolling. I found that the kids had a very good grasp on the basics of electricity, especially with none of them having any previous knowledge. The kids could name and tell me how components worked and also how to hook it up to the Arduino. There was one thing that they all said however that they didn't understand properly, that was programming.
For the next few weeks we will be going through programming and not touching the hardware aspects as much. The problem I always found through school was that when you finish a topic, the teachers never really referenced to it again. So by the time you eventually came back to that topic, I had forgotten most of it. To combat this I have started to write some what of a book, or what I like to call as a reference manual.
This reference manual will house all the information that we have covered in the lessons and will also have more advanced tutorials and robot builds for the kids who like a challenge.
At the moment it is just shy of 5000 words with plenty more to do. I am hoping to finish this by the end of this month so that it will be ready when we tie everything that we have learnt in these lessons together.
I am posting it here so as perhaps some interested users could read it and tell me their thoughts and opinions on both my writing and the information included. Ofcourse I have written it so there are bound to be some errors. I would be honoured if you could take the time to have a quick look over it and tell me what you think.
Just in case the file attachment doesn't work here is the link to the manual: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r0iq4i1mehc7f12/Reference%20guide%20for%20School.pdf
Thanks for your time.
Jaidyn "chickenparmi" Edwards.