My school bought v5 Competition Super Kits for our school Robotics class. While these work great for the few students working on competition game, it creates a challenge for me as a teacher with the new students. For students new to robotics I was going to use the online STEM labs/projects - but they are designed for the classroom kits. The classroom kits have different part types (not just materials) than the competition kits.
So I am looking for any robot designs/projects that can be accomplished with the competition kits that I could use to teach my new to robotics students the basics of building, programming, controlling a robot.
Any ideas, thoughts, help greatly appreciated.
Which of the sensors are present in the kit? If you have two light sensors you can make a Braitenberg vehicle. If it has two or three potentiometers, you can make a drawing arm translator (i am sure there is a better term, but one arm with potentiometers which the user draws with, and a second arm with servos which replicates the angles with a different sized or positioned arm to replicate a similar drawing).
I think what you just described is a pantograph which can be done completely mechanically. I think that would be a fun project to teach about linkages, the magic of parallelograms.
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Last year I used vex parts and an Arduino to make a color tracking turret using a pixy camera, which is what the v5 vision sensor is. I thought it was a pretty fun project and I think it would be easy to get students excited about it. I can send CAD models of my design which both tilts and pans upon locking onto a color. instead of shooting bouncy balls your students can make it wave or something less aggressive.
With that kit you have tons of options.