• Advanced Robotics & Automation Class Webpage

    Advanced Robotics & Automation is a hands-on course for students interested in working with robots and automated systems.  It is part of BASH’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Engineering Pathway.  In this class you will incorporate STEM concepts as you learn to design, build, program, control, and test robotic devices.  Coursework focuses on activities in mechanics, energy, analog/digital electronics, forces, drive-train assemblies, sensors, actuators, motors, prototyping, and programming.  Students will follow the Engineering Design Process as they document their work and solve problems.  Engineering, industrial automation, and robotics career opportunities will be discussed.


    Current Units and Projects

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    Course Outline 
    First Quarter 

     Unit 1:  Introduction and History

    • Defining Robotics & Automation
    • History of Automation?
    • Automation in Society
    • History of Robotics
    • Robotics in Society

    Unit 2:  Basic Electricity, Electronics, & Automation

    • Basic Electricity and Circuitry

    Unit 3:  Microcontroller and Programming Basics

    • Introduction and Frequently Used Terms
    • Microcontroller Components
    • Communication Interfaces
    • Evolution Of Programming Programming Methods and Languages (G1, G2, G3)

    Project:  Basic Automation and Programming

    Second Quarter

    Unit 4:  Fundamentals of Robotics & Mechanics

    Project:  Robotics and Programming

    Unit 5:  Mechanical Design

    • Friction, Mass, Forces, Loads, Speed, Torque, Power
    • Gears and Gear Ratio
    • Drivetrains
    • Advanced Manipulator Design
    • Means of Programming
    • Degrees Of Freedom
    • Boolean Logic

    Project:  Advanced Robotic and Manipulator Design

    Third Quarter

    Unit 6:  Passive Driver Assistance and Fully Autonomous Vehicles

    • History of significant mechanization and automation achievements
    • The role of typical input and output devices in an automated system
    • Advantages/Disadvantages of Assistive/Autonomous technologies
    • Boolean logic and how machines make decisions and think
    • human advantages over today's robots
    • robot’s advantages over humans
    • General / Ethical responsibilities of automation professionals
    • Recognize the involvement of automation professionals throughout the life-cycle of an automated system

    Project:  Passive-assistance Technology

    Fourth Quarter

    Unit 7:  Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Automation

    • Artificial Intelligence technologies
    • Boolean logic and how machines make decisions, think, and act
    • Human advantages over today's AI
    • AI’s advantages over humans

    Project:  Fully Autonomous Vehicle

    Unit 8:  Industrial, Home, and other types of Automation

    Project:  Advanced Automation


    All projects and assignments are worth a certain amount of points.  Bigger projects are worth more than smaller ones.  Points are entered into the gradebook and are weighted as follows:
    • Classwork = 80%
    • Engineering Notebook = 10%
    • Participation = 10%