Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New: SketchUp Robotics Project

Last summer I partnered with a fantastic educational non-profit, CSTEM, and wrote several project modules for their annual robotics competition. Since last year I've gotten several requests from teachers and parents for some materials on using SketchUp for robotics; seems robotics is all the rage these days!

So CSTEM and I agreed to make one of the modules I wrote available for sale - a fun project that shows how to assemble a robot model using Lego Technics pieces.

The Technics models are available for free in the 3D Warehouse; I took models that were already there and spent many hours adding guide lines, hiding and un-hiding objects, and changing colors, so that the pieces are ready for easy import and assembly.

The last step in this project is taking the final robot and adding to a sample robotics competition field.

The project is a 39-page PDF that I'm listing for $20, on sale through May for $16.

CSTEM and I are planning on more robotics projects, which I hope to start writing over the summer. Your feedback is extremely valuable, please let me know if there is a specific robotics topic or problem you'd like to see addressed. And check out CSTEM's website for more info on physical robotics in the classroom.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very cool. I want to get my kids interested in 3D design.