August 6, 2016
I’m a high school math teacher looking to incorporate robots as a fun way to “see” various functions or shapes. For example, maybe program the bot to trace a certain parabola (kids get a graph, they program the equation and check to see if robot traces same shape). I also think this could be done with polygons, give students some sides/angles and they find others and then write a program to check.
I know nothing about programming, so I don’t know if this is even possible with Edison or any other robot.
Feedback is appreciated.
July 27, 2016
Edison is not for you at this point. Even more sophisticated robots would likely not be able to accept such granular coding instructions. Certainly, Equations would be a University level and very expensive Robot brain. Edison traces a line by simply looking for edges. He moves right and when he senses a change from black to white he reverses and performs the same process over and over. The line itself has to be black and has to be at least a 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Its programming language is very simple and really geared for K-12 markets to learn basic robotics and programming skills.
I love this thing for basic robotics and its basic programming. Its a very affordable and accessible price for that purpose. There are devices that draw curves based on equations and such, but the cost is generally outside the budgets of schools. There are software programs that do this and those are much more affordable.
I was a Math teacher and I sympathize with wanting to find relevant ways to teach curriculum for today’s sophisticated kids. I am a Robotics Merit Badge Counselor and a BSA STEM mentor. These guys finally give me the resources for those requirements. My two VEX robots ran $600 and are not much fun for 15 kids. The VEX and NXT’s I have used would not have been able to do what you need either.