Automating Robotic Arms

Maplin produce a building kit for a 5 motor robotic arm.  It is brilliant and takes about 3 hours to construct.

It costs £29.99 which is a snip for this level of automation.  The five stage motors are controlled by a simple windows interface which allows you to explore its movement:

What is really cool is connecting this to Scratch and getting a full program of movement to be created.  This is done by the following steps

1. Install Alan Bells brilliant python interface on your Linux computer. https://github.com/AlanBell/robopi

2. Then program Scratch to control the arm using broadcast commands.

My children were able to create a program to pick up objects and fill a container.  Here is a simple Video of Alan’s first attempt:

Three cheers to Alan Bell!!!

Published by makingpi

Our interest is to create a brilliant practical applied maths programme for teaching students who struggle with engaging in Maths. Our interests range from building bridges to making beautiful silver objects.

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