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.

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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