What is Robotics?
“Robotics is the engineering science and technology of robots, and their design, manufacture, application, and structural disposition [wiki-robotics]. Robotics is an emerging multi-disciplinary area in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering in the design and construction of robots to perform specific tasks. Additionally, robotics emphasizes mathematics (for developing algorithms used in programming) and computer science (for programming the circuit boards). Although the robotics came about in the 20th century, the history of robotics (automation) has a much lengthier past.
Building robots provides practical hands-on experience and develops crucial skills such as problem solving, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. The inherent design challenges in building robots provide a context whereby the applied science and the knowledge from relevant courses (engineering, computer science, mathematics, etc) is seamlessly integrated to solve the problem at hand while gaining interpersonal and critical thinking skills that can be transferred to professional activities following graduation.
Verner and Ahlgren identified specific mechanisms by which robotics effectively engages students in STEM education. They have shown that students acquire a holistic view of STEM subjects and gain essential knowledge and experience for success in advanced courses which then leads to both improved retention and classroom success. In addition, students participating in robotics projects are involved in self-directed interdisciplinary learning through research, design, teamwork, and professional communication. They learn about physical environments that a robot needs to navigate and human factors and also gain valuable experience in solving problems.
Research Topics in Robotics
Different Types of Robots (RoboGames 2012):
Originally published on Apr 26, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxP3-ajPqcM RoboGames 2012 in St. Mateo, CA on April 20-22, 2012
More Robotics Competition Links
Combat Robots (RoboGames 2012)
ShepRobo Fest 2012
ShepRobo Fest 2012 Mech-Warfare Robot Contest
ShepRobo Fest 2012 Fire-Fighting Robot Contest
Shepherd University Robotics Club (SURoC) at 2012 HCC STEM Festival
Shepherd University Robotics Club (SURoC) at RoboGames 2012
SURoC at 2012 Trinity College Fire Fighting Robot Contest
DARPA Robotics Challenge
2015 A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge
2015 Korea Humanoid Robot (Hubo) Final Winner
2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge: Which Robot Won?
2013 Robot highlight footage from DARPA’s Robot Challenge
DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: A Woodstock for Robots | The New York Times
More Robot Videos
DOGO: Tactical Combat Robot by General Robotics Ltd.
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The Duel: Timo Boll vs. KUKA Robot
BigDog – The Most Advanced Rough-Terrain Robot on Earth
Pololu 3pi Line Maze Solving Robot