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Robotics

The Robotics module covers the main concepts and skills needed to assemble, programme, and control a simple robot.

Robots are not only found in science fiction. Programmable mechanical devices are increasingly used to automate common tasks; for example, in factories and distribution centres.

People will interact more and more with these devices in different environments such as home, school, or healthcare. Early exposure to this technology will help to explain their use as well as open paths to future learning and more specialised skills development.

Develop the skills needed to start working with simple robots.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Robotic concepts
  • Robots and automated systems
Robotics parts
  • Basic parts and components
Simple control system
  • Control system overview
Visual programming
  • Programming basics
  • Constants, variables
  • Events, controls
  • Program creation and execution
Working with robots
  • Setup
  • Implementing robotic controls
  • Control in an environment

Main learning outcomes

Successful students will gain foundational skills and knowledge in robotics. After passing this module, students will feel confident building and programming a robot using widely available robotics kits and visual programming language. These skills can be further extended with modules such as ICDL Computing. They will be able to:

  • understand key concepts relating to robots and robotics systems
  • identify examples of robots and the main parts of a robot and their function, including microcontrollers, actuators, sensors, and power sources
  • understand the elements of a simple control system and how to test it
  • understand basic programming concepts and visual programming language
  • set up a robot, implement robotic motion, and control a robot in an environment
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