Using an IR network in a robotic competition class

John Tester, Jerry Hatfield

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Abstract

The interdisciplinary sophomore design course - EGR 286 - utilizes design teams as part of an engineering design learning process. This course constrains a robotic project to using only LEGO® devices and the Robotic Command eXplorer (RCX). The instructors have observed that students greatly improve their interest in the design process if a main component is robotic competition events. Therefore, we have developed an infra-red (IR) network which enables inter-robot communications independent of position and orientation and allows the student teams to partially control the robots during multi-team competitions. A "satellite" RCX is established over the demonstration arena; its purpose is to receive and send signals from the competing teams' RCX systems and control network synchronization. The controlling software was developed using the public domain programming language, "NQC

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Other

Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

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Robotics
Infrared radiation
Robots
Students
Command and control systems
Computer programming languages
Synchronization
Demonstrations
Satellites
Communication

Keywords

  • Design education
  • Engineering education
  • IR network
  • Legos
  • NQC
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Tester, J., & Hatfield, J. (2006). Using an IR network in a robotic competition class. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE [4117097] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322617

Using an IR network in a robotic competition class. / Tester, John; Hatfield, Jerry.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2006. 4117097.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Tester, J & Hatfield, J 2006, Using an IR network in a robotic competition class. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE., 4117097, 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE, San Diego, CA, United States, 10/28/06. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322617
Tester J, Hatfield J. Using an IR network in a robotic competition class. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2006. 4117097 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322617
Tester, John ; Hatfield, Jerry. / Using an IR network in a robotic competition class. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2006.
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