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Lesson plan introduction

Robotics & Machine Learning  

Welcome to the "Robotics & Machine Learning" lesson plan. In six (6) courses, we will allow Middle School students to combine the magical world of Educational Robotics with the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence!  

During this module, students will participate in hands-on projects in designing and developing solutions in industrial robotics technology. Some of the models they will build using simple LEGO elements are:  

  • Robotic product sorting conveyors will use machine learning models to sort products correctly.   

  • Intelligent arm that will recognize objects and autonomously move them to their correct location.  

  • A forklift that will autonomously move around the industrial facility and transport goods.   

  • An elevator that, with facial recognition, will transport the visitors only to the floors of the industrial plant on which they are allowed.  

In each robotic model, students, in their first attempts, will use sensors and actuators and program their system to operate autonomously (programming blocks like MIT Scratch for grades 5 to 7 and Python code for grades 7 to 10). They will then explore ways to improve the functionality of their models using machine learning methods!  

Robotics, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning capabilities have been quickly making their way into industrial robotics technology. Manufacturers aim to enhance standard industrial robots' rigid, inflexible capabilities in the never-ending quest to improve productivity. In the following lessons, we will do our best to offer solutions to real-world problems in industries powered by robotics and artificial intelligence.

1. Smart robotic conveyor 

Conveyors transport objects in packing boxes, on robotic arms, in processing systems, etc. In the first lesson of the "Robotics & Machine Learning" cycle, students will build a simple conveyor to transport and sort objects. After students complete their construction and program its basic functions, they will follow colour recognition methods with artificial intelligence to sort the things automatically.  

2. Component classification arm 

The arms are among the first robotic systems installed in industries. Students in this lesson will build a robotic arm and program it to move objects to different positions. They will then improve the arm's operation by giving it recognition capabilities to transport objects to their correct place autonomously.  

3. Autonomous forklift  

The primary purpose of the forklift is to transport the packaged products to or from the warehouse. They are usually controlled by drivers, who use forks to lift items and deposit them on racks or platforms. Students in this lesson will build a forklift, but it will be operated without a driver! It will be guided into the warehouse through lines, which a smart camera will track.  

4. Intelligent elevator  

In an industrial facility, access to the premises should be fully controlled, and each company member should be able to enter specific areas. The elevator the students will build in this lesson will automatically take the company staff to the floor to which they have authorized access.  

5. Smart robotic vacuum cleaner 

Scattered objects in an industrial facility, such as packaging boxes, tools, etc., can easily cause accidents. Unless that facility is where the smart robot vacuum cleaner students will build in this lesson operates! The purpose of the smart vacuum cleaner will be to recognize scattered objects and remove them quickly and safely.  

6. Advanced security system 

Safety in industry is too important to leave out of our lessons. Students will install intelligent control systems to protect the business from industrial spies and intruders. Using smart cameras, they will identify suspicious visitors and separate them from trusted staff.  

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