Short introductory course to robotics: history, philosophy, electronics, and programming, with chapters on women who made science history
The course, born from the Erasmus plus No Gender Gap project, is dedicated to develop some historical, philosophical, and technical-scientific topics related to the birth and development of robotics.
The course is dedicated to everyone, of any age and cultural background. It is aimed in particular at girls and women, even beginners, since the No Gender Gap project aims to provide girls and women with the cognitive elements to understand a complex and articulated discipline such as robotics.
The course is developed in the following modules enriched with quizzes, exercises and laboratory activities explained step by step. For each module are presented biographies of women who have contributed to the development of science, according to the periods and disciplines to which they have applied.
Module 1: Robotics
History of Robotics
What is a robot?
What does robotics mean?
Robot(ics) and Gender: Where do we fit in?
Women in science: Prehistory
Women in science: Ancient times
Women in science: Middle Ages
Quiz module 1
Module 2: Components of Robotics
What is electricity?
What is voltage
What is current
What is resistance
What is a circuit?
What is a short circuit?
What is a soft circuit?
Practical activity – Soft Circuits
LEDs and batteries
Explanation of the circuit
Practical exercise (Scribbling Machine)
Quiz Module 2
Women in Science: Electricity
Module 3: Components of Robotics I
What is a controller? What does automatic control mean?
What is an open loop system?
Systems with feedback (closed loop)
What is a sensor?
What is a controller?
What is a program?
What is programming?
What is an actuator?
A lesson in mechanics
Quiz Module 3
Women in science: Electronics
Women in science: Robotics
Module 4: Introduction to Programming
Scratch – Introduction
Scratch – The Sprites
Design your own sprite!
Draw your background environment
Scratch – Entities
Scratch – First program
Scratch – Movements
Scratch – Events
Scratch – Properties
Explore sprite properties
Scratch – Iterations
Scratch – Conditions
Assemble the whole
Women in science: Coding
Women in Science: Coding – Ada Lovelace
Module 5: Getting to Know Robotics Kit and Morse Code
Let’s build the lamp – An introduction to Arduino
Installation of the program
Making Arduino communicate with Snap!
Coding – Preliminary activity
Coding – Telegraphy I
Coding – Telegraphy II
The duration of the course is estimated at 25 hours (1CFU). The Certificate is awarded to those who have passed 75% of the quizzes.
Provide the introductory elements to be able to understand a complex and articulated discipline such as robotics. Offer simple lab exercises that you can do at home.
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