This program is aimed at developing inborn creativity among the young generation. It is a move to restore the faith that engineering education can be fun. It provides the student freedom to explore and imitate human intelligence through machine.
Building an autonomous Robot is a challenging task as it involves different disciplines. As an electrical engineer student chooses the brain, sensors etc. and wires them together and chooses the power supply to bring it alive. The movement and construction involves the principles of mechanical engineering. Finally to equip the Robot with human intelligence student cultivates the skills of computer programmer.
The program requires assembly of Lego™ blocks giving an insight into the basic mechanics involved in building machines. Interfacing sensors to the mechanical body helps the robot in maneuvering and performing several tasks. Students get to improvise their previous ideas by experimenting and implementing. Programming strengthens the logical and analytical abilities of the students.
©AKY, Summer 2004, TU