Resources for the Robotics Challenge

What is Robotics?

Beacon Information 

Robotics Beacon Information


General Robotics Resources


General Electronics

Great starting point for understanding differeent aspects of circutis and the practical fundimentals of electrical systems.


Motion - Types of locomotion

Angular Motion

Linear motion- sliders

Transfer of motion- gears, pulleys, chains

Precision Motion

Treads Wheels and Legs Differential drive




Motors Introduction to dc, stepper, and brushless motors

DC motors

DC motors

Introduction to DC, servo, and stepper motors

H Bridges for motor control

Choosing a motor

Body frame types Mechanical structures- discussion of various potential materaials

Information on various materials

Open Sealed etc. Sensors Robotic sensing

Types of robot sensors

Types of robot sensors


Color sensors





Power systems

Power systems

Battery Robotics batteries general information

Solar panels Fuel Cells Chemical Energy General


Software Basics 

Programming introduction using BasicX

Introduction to programming loops and conditions

Programming introduction using Arduino (part 1) 

(part 2)

Sensor specific code etc. Artificial Intelligence Learning

Other Introduction to basic hand and power tools for robotics

Specialty tools

Explanations of basic equations for robot dynamics: displacement and velocity, wheel diameter, torque, motor torque and force, acceleration, robot motor factor, efficiency



Microcontrollers – Helpful Links

Notes on Demonstration, Evaluation, Development, and Production:  

Good microcontroller video!   Microcontrollers and robotics  

Redboard vs Arduiono Uno:   Microcontrollers and robotics    

Various microcontrollers commonly used for robotics with links to product webpage

General Websites to Explore

For parts, simple tutorials, etc (search robotics)