LOW COST EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM FOR ROBOTICS, USING OPEN-SOURCE 3D PRINTERS AND OPEN-SOURCE HARDWARE

C. García-Saura1, J. González-Gómez2

1Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (SPAIN)
2Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
In this paper, we present a new design methodology for educational robotic platforms. Using printbots (open-source 3D-printable robots) as a starting point in our designs has allowed us to create custom robots with very little effort. Using this new methodology we have designed the ArduSkybot, a robot that has enough features for its usage at different educational levels while keeping a very reduced cost. The robot is based on Arduino and the Printshield, our new electronics platform. It provides integration of various sensors (light, distance and line sensors) and actuators (motors, lights and speaker). It is also easy to expand by students and researchers. We describe our designs, and document their performance in various workshops with college, primary and secondary students. Our methodology is described and suggestions are given regarding future printbot-based workshops.