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LA Robotics Club Message Board › Universalizing Robotics Education

Universalizing Robotics Education

Thomas Henry C.
tculhane
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Post #: 1
Greetings fellow LA Roboticists,
I'm interested in knowing what initiatives folks know about in these parts and around the country and the world for helping bring "under-served" and "under-priviliged" groups into the robotics world. I'm working on a STEM Robotics program with the Venice based company "Motion Picture Marine" that makes robotic Camera Stabilization systems for Hollywood films and wildlife documentaries. We are now funded by the Office of Naval Research to create an outreach program for "at-risk" populations here and abroad to ensure the digital and robotics divide doesn't grow. Our focus is on marine robotics platforms using open source architecture and software and off-the shelf components and we are designing with the Arduino Uno in mind.
Would love to connect with others who are passionate about a democratic robotic future.
Meanwhile, on our own time, as volunteers and for fun, we are working on a music-video about robotics education that talks about the joy of working with Arduino boards. The lyrics can be found here
Robotics Education Music Video Lyrics
and I will post them below. Perhaps some of you would like to be involved?
We need to recruit robotics-enthusiasts who are musicians, singers, dancers, recording artists, videographers, producers and educators.

Making Robots with My Arduino
A Music-Video about Robotics Education
set to a Country Western Rock-a-Billy Beat
by T.H. Culhane
copyright 2011 T.H. Culhane
Culbrain Records/Solar CITIES/Motion Picture Marine


Em7b5 A7b5 Dm7b5 G7 (Slowly, arpeggiated, no beat)
How would you make, (a robot that can make) the world a be-tter place...

(Drums, bass kick in here for 2 bars)

C7 Bb G7

With my Arduino, you know that I know that I can build one myself
With a couple of sensors and some motors and some servos and some hardware you can buy off the shelf.

With my Arduino, the open source world is open to me
I can program in Python, I can program in Java and of course I can program in C

With my arduino...
(It’s almost a cult thing...)



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Putting Lego bricks together makes a Mindstorm of fun
If you got a lotta money a designer kit’s the one
But if you’re trying to put together a nifty robot on your own
You wanna make it inexpensive and you want to make it run
using cheap microcontrollers that you can hack ;em all you want
using open-source programming software you’ll be the savant
G7
in the avant-garde of the
G#7 G7
Ro-bot van-guard

C7 Bb G7

With my Arduino, you know that I know that I can build it myself
With a couple of sensors and some motors and some servos and some hardware you can buy off the shelf.

With my Arduino, yeah I can learn to program robots for free
I can make a robot do things that are good for you and me
while learning science math and technology

With my arduino... (It’s kind of a STEM thing...)

Bridge section:
Em7b5 A7b5 Dm7b5 G7
(Boy 1:) You can afford (Chorus of Girls background vocal: “It’s open source”)
(Boy 1:) This circuit board
( Girl 1:)You won’t get bored (Chorus of Boys working on R2D2 and C3PO background vocal:: Just use the force!)
(Team of girls) We’’ll win awards.... G, G#, G7
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(All students holding up their micro-controllers): With our Arduinoooooooos!
Yeeeeha! (The students do a line dance with a group of robots).

C7 F G7 G# G7

(Vocal follows classic Country chicken pickin’ lick:)
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First run a simulation, testing out your new creation, then model it with parts you can afford,
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Then you enter a competition, take the software code you’ve written, download it to your Arduino
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board.

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Make your robot relevant, like, you could save the elephant,
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surveillance and security are two
G7
of the tasks for which we program, saving people and environments is something we can make
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our robots do.
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“Build them with: VEX Robotics, LEGO Mindstorms, Lynxmotion Erector Sets and Fischer
F7
Teknic, Parallex Boe Bots
G7 C7
Aldebran and Robosoft and Corobot and Pioneer and Traxter and Create from IRobot
C7
“There - are - so - many options out there, there are robots lurking everywhere, and all you have
F7
to do is be a-ware...
G7
Robots are embedded, from the workplace down to Toys are Us, you might find one inside your
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Teddy bear..”

(Bear says, “yeee-ha!” Getta along there little coder!”)


After country lick part go to walking bass: C E F F# G A Bb B C
Voice over:
“The Office of Naval Research and the AUVSI, (the “Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International”) are working with Hollywood technology company Motion Picture Marine and a host of University and Institutional partners to create an international STEM education program that is designed to make robotics engineering affordable, accessible, relevant and FUN for all students. The program is called “PORPOISE: Precision Oceanic Robotics Program On and In the Sea Environment” and it’s geared toward mentoring young people from all walks of life to develop robots and prepare for careers that can tackle the biggest challenges confronting their futures: pollution, oil spills, overfishing, habitat loss, wildlife conservation, coral bleaching, piracy, homeland security, energy security, food security, storm prediction and climate change. PORPOISE is engineering education with a purpose -- so get involved and join the mission today for a better future tomorrow through robotics that works for everyone!

C7 Bb G7

With my Arduino, you know that I know that I can build it myself
With a couple of sensors and some motors and some servos and some hardware you can buy off the shelf.

With my Arduino, the open source world is open to me
I can program in Python, I can program in Java and of course I can program in C

C7
With my Arduino...
G7
We can make a better world
G# G C7
for you.... and .....me...
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