Physics and Open-Source Robotics – Activities for the classroom

At 2015 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference in Chicago, we presented a workshop titled: Physics and Open-Source Robotics – Opera of Math and Science. The workshop introduced a number of methods using a simple, low-cost robotics platform built on Arduino to teach some of the basic concepts of both physics and robotics. With arduino, a simple robotics chassis, and a little math, we have a few ideas of introducing students to kinematics concepts in physics. Check out our resources for integrating STEM and engineering into your physics class!

SparkFun is one of our favorite sources for the parts and pieces educators need for maker learning spaces. Be sure to ask for an educator discount! SparkFun also offers classes and online tutorials – good for students or educators.

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