Lesson 1-1: Have you ever tried backing up in a truck with a trailer attached? It certainly takes some practice. Give it a try with our truck and trailer model. The pickup truck drives and steers with two motors and car-like pivoting front wheels, which are controlled together by the remote-control programs.
Lesson 1-2: This robot carries a gun turret that can pivot up and down. It can locate targets with the distance sensor and shoot darts using the projectile launchers. The robot is built on the Center Drive Platform for high turning maneuverability, so it can "look" and aim darts in just about any direction.
Lesson 2-1: This truck has four-wheel drive using four independent motors, and it also features four wheel independent "spring" suspension, allowing each wheel to move up and down independently. Although the front wheels don't steer, the truck can still turn on carpet using the simple skid steer method. Drive it using the remote control program and see what you can climb over.
Lesson 2-2: This mobile crane has a counter-balanced arm and a claw for grabbing and lifting objects. The claw is designed to be a good fit for a tennis ball. Drive and operate the crane with the remote-control program, and code your own to see autonomous techniques in action.
Lesson 3-1: This model car is styled after an old American hot rod, and it packs more than you might expect under the hood. Up front is a steering motor with some decorations. But the drive power is handled by 3 motors all working together in the back. They drive a compound gear linkage that increases the maximum motor speed by almost 4 times!
Lesson 3-2: This robotic lawnmower will do laps on your floor and maybe whack small things that it runs over with its high-speed spinning blade underneath. At the end of each pass, the mower uses a hidden trick to turn around, similar to the way a human turns a real lawnmower. But it is only the power of code that drives this one!
Lesson 4-1: Assembling an engine and a gearbox. Using the lever, you can shift gears and see how, at the same speed of rotation of the motor, the speed of rotation of the wheel changes. The student will not only understand the principle of a gearbox in a car, but also see how it works in real-time.
Lesson 4-2: The forklift can pick up and lift loads on the pallets, drive around, and place the loads on a platform or back on the ground. The front driving base is used to get the weight balanced enough to lift and carry loads.
Lesson 5: While making this robot, you’ll learn how a biped robot can walk and turn without falling down, and you’ll see how to render the complex shape of a car’s trunk. You will build SARKIAP-1 the Transformer by assembling its legs, feet, and torso. During the assembly process, you will discover comprehensive design choices and unconventional techniques. Once you’ve built the core of the walking robot, you’ll test it out by programming it to walk around and avoid obstacles. After that, you’ll finish building SARKIAP-1, adding the parts needed for it to turn into a car.