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Building the Beetle Bot Robot

Harcourt, Bill
Issue Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2010
This is an excellent little assignment for meeting a number of the grade 10 expectations in TEJ2O. Most students in Computer Technology are interested in robotics and, though this isn’t really a robotics project, it gives students a chance to become familiar with some standard components like limit switches and reverse circuits as well as soldering (and depending on where you get the components, de-soldering). It embraces the ‘Broad Based’ philosophy of “student-centered” since students get to put their own design to the shell, the bead and the look of the antenna, while at the same time being relatively inexpensive to do. There are detailed cost estimates for hardware required for this project located in the full abstract.doc file in the zip file once downloaded.
electronics, construction, robot, beetle bot robot, soldering, circuit, circuit board
Education Levels: 
Middle School
High School
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Instructional Material : Project
CEMCS Summer Institute, Toronto, Ont, CA
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